Internet of things graphic.

In my Hallowe’en post I presented various ways in which better rigor in tracking data provenance can do many things — up to and including — saving the world during a zombie apocalypse. Today, I would like to focus on a much more immediate and pragmatic benefit of improving traceability of data to source. Our negligence in communicating and preserving primary and intermediate states of our...

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Hoover Dam from above.

Dave Gunderson, a frequent contributor to this blog, has been active in designing his monitoring program to be highly self-aware. Achieving this requires quite a high level of customization and programming of the field hardware and a fairly high bandwidth of communication. This is in stark contrast to many monitoring programs where highly sophisticated hardware and software has replaced a simple float and pulley system...

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