Ron Sandland recently wrote about the new phenomenon of 'big data' - weighing up the benefits and concerns. Terry Speed reflected on the same issue in a talk earlier this year inGothenburg, Sweeden noting that this is nothing new to statisticians. So what's all the fuss about? Here's another take on the 'big data' bandwagon.
Job losses at CSIRO bigger than expected May 15, 2014
Confirmed in a message yesterday from CSIRO Chief Executive, Megan Clark:
"Based on the new Budget position, and taking into account the economic environment for our industry and external partners, we will need to reduce the number of staff in CSIRO by up to 420 FTE by the end of June 2015. A further potential decrease of an estimated 80 FTE is forecast to occur through to June 2018 dependent on external revenue. These reductions are in addition to the previously announced loss of up to 300 FTE arising from our reform program. The changes are reflected in our Average Staffing Levels in the PBS which reduce from 5,523 for 2013-14 to 5,034 for 2014-15. This will be painful for our teams and our people who have dedicated themselves to the future of Australia and their families".