Big-data is exciting not because of its actual size (i.e., how many rows of data it can fill up). It is exciting because it is an abundant, precious, and uncharted resource, sometimes worth more than its weight in gold-plated thumb-drives. Why is it so valuable? Its value is in its ability to accurately inform our decision making. With it, businesses can examine customer behavior, predict the future, or analyze how to use their resources. Scientists, nonprofits, and academic institutions use it in very much the same way to break new ground, innovate, and be more effective. 

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I get outdoors all the time and am constantly dreaming of new adventures. While the National Park websites are a decent place to get inspired, it's hard to find reliable information on state parks. Certainly not on one, easy to browse site.

Fed up with the online resources available, and keen to share ideas with friends before Labor Day, while also planning a trip for myself this fall, I decided to create the guide I always wanted. It took me less than a week. Using the crowd, I analyzed nearly four thousand state and national park websites, identifying all the awesome places I can hike, bike and camp across the country. 

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It’s no coincidence that the most flexible and useful search engines belong to some of the most effective sites. These sites understand the importance of good customer experience — delight your customers and they will reward you with their purchases. 

These sites know that we mispronounce and misspell product names, model numbers and often get the entire description wrong and therefore, build search engines that are just as flexible. 

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I grew up on a farm in Kentucky. Even though we were close to the land, our energy practices weren’t exactly “green.”

But it didn’t dawn on me how behind the times we were until I moved to California. Since then, our farm has transformed and my pops has even installed a massive 80 watt solar panel on top of our barn. We use this 45 x 110 foot behemoth to power our equipment, our home and even some of our neighbors.

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