Exchange Magazine: The Art of Data

Exchange magazine

In the latest issue of Thomson Reuters Exchange, we’re celebrating data, the core of our business and the lifeblood of the industry. While our focus is typically on the science of data – collecting, curating, cleaning, managing and disseminating data – we know there is also an art to making data useful, powerful and insightful. Enjoy our featured articles below or download Exchange for free on your iPhone®, iPad® or Android™ tablet device.


Back to the Future

Leon Saunders Calvert, global head of Capital Markets & Advisory, and Keith Mullin, International Financing Review editor-at-large discuss the current changes and comebacks within investment banking.


Thomson Reuters hosts first girls only CoderDojo in London


Photo credit: Jamilah Knowles. View her comic strip from the day here. This post was written by Kate Williams, Senior Communications Specialist, Thomson Reuters.

Last month, CoderDojo London and Thomson Reuters held a Girls Only CoderDojo, a ground breaking initiative in the world of technology. CoderDojo is a global community of free programming clubs for young people, run all over the world on a weekly basis to give young people between the ages of 7 and 17 the opportunity to learn how to develop computer code, websites, apps, programs, games, digital media and explore technology. Attendees also build complementary skills of creativity, innovation, communication, collaboration, teamwork and leadership.

John Claffey and Thomas Attree from our Technology organization are volunteers for CoderDojo. They made a commitment at Mozfest last year to run a “Girls Only” event as part of their teach the web campaign. Thomson Reuters was extremely keen to support this initiative, as it echoes the work we do to encourage girls into STEM careers (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). As far as we’re aware, it was the first event of its kind, and the fact that it coincided with London Technology Week made it all the more appropriate!


Man on a Mission: Is DRM stifling creativity and business?

Cory Doctorow

We’re proud to partner with Cass Business School on a series titled TechTalks@Cass, featuring speakers from successful start-ups in and around London. Here’s a recap and recording of the latest talk, featuring Cory Doctorow. This post was written by Ti Maja, Manager, Corporate Compliance.

New York Times best selling science fiction author, entrepreneur, activist, journalist, blogger and former comic store clerk, Cory Doctorow could easily rest on his laurels. Instead he has a mission to shake up the digital media landscape and tackle abuse of Digital Rights Management (DRM) laws. In a talk that ranged through many subjects from the archaic London leaseholds to grass roots activism, he laid out his goals: (more…)

Make the digital economy work for the Islamic economy


The Islamic digital economy including spending connected to halal food, travel, fashion, recreation and culture, pharmaceuticals and Islamic finance is set to grow double digits—up to 25-30% per annum—according to a recent report by Deloitte. A large part of this spending can benefit small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) which make up a large majority of the total businesses in Organisation for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) countries and a share of GDP that reaches up to one-third to one-half in countries like Malaysia and Indonesia. 

The digital economy includes technology that assists the SMEs in reaching a wider market, mobile payments to capitalize on the wider market, and ways to use cloud computing and big data. Innovation 4 Impact, organized by the Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority and Thomson Reuters is a business competition that specifically targets entrepreneurial activities for Islamic businesses. Entries for the competition open June 28 and run through August 10 and the shortlisted candidates will be showcased at one of the biggest features at the Global Islamic Economy Summit 2015 to be held from 5-6 October 2015 in Dubai, UAE.  (more…)

Learning from Data: Building Brains… and using them

A staff talks to a humanoid robot named Han developed by Hanson Robotics via a mobile phone during the Global Sources spring electronics show in Hong Kong

The fourth Data Science Insights talk, chaired by Axel Threlfall, Reuters Editor at Large, took place at the Royal Institution of Great Britain, London, and featured Steve Furber CBE. 

We like our machines to feel human, even if they don’t look it. The pulsing on and off of the power light on an Apple computer when it is ‘sleeping’ is re-assuring. Even the red light of HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey gave an assurance that the machine was alive, rather than a faceless menace. One of the pioneers of computing, Alan Turing, was amongst the first to address the challenge of artificial intelligence and gives his name to the Turing Test for a “machine’s ability to exhibit intelligent behavior equivalent to, or indistinguishable from, that of a human.”

Learning from our mistakes makes us human. Learning is a fundamentally important part of how we make decisions, how we build things and how we create value. But learning is not limited to humans, or indeed just to animals. Since the middle of the twentieth century, machine learning has advanced to levels that would once have been thought science fiction, and is transforming whole industries. The latest advances include self-driving cars, a computer that can beat humans at Jeopardy! and real-time machine translation that doesn’t seem too far from the universal translator in Star Trek. (more…)

Innovative ideas are not solely from the big cities


It has been couple weeks since the Apps for Good Awards ceremony, and I wanted to write a few thoughts in the aftermath of a wonderful day and school term.

Nearly 23,000 kids, from 700+ academic institutions completed the Apps for Good course this year, and 18 of the very best teams were selected as finalists for the Apps for Good Awards London. Each team that was in the Awards finals experienced the same thing that a startup faces: how does one convey an idea clearly and convincingly in order to get funded, which in this case, is the funding to have your app built and put into the Google Play or iTunes store.

I don’t personally work for Apps for Good, but I feel as if this is my other “work family.” I’ve seen this grow from a small startup idea into something that has broadened my own view of the world.  And it is a great reminder of something we all need to keep in mind. The diversity of our schools and children breeds incredible diversity in ideas and teams which come to the finals. Can anyone genuinely believe that a school from Wick, Scotland has produced winners for three consecutive years? Try to get to Wick sometime from London: you fly to Inverness and drive for 2+ hours or take a flight via Edinburgh. It’s not easy. Wick is about as far away from London as you can go in the United Kingdom, in a very remote part of the country. And yet, they win. Innovative ideas are not solely from the big cities but can come from small communities like Wick. (more…)

Inspiring and celebrating women in technology

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Take a seat to take a stand! This was the call to action as part of the National Sit With Me campaign to support and promote the career development of women in technology at our recent TechVision seminar in New York City.

In partnership with TechVision, Women@Thomson Reuters and the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), James Powell, Chief Technology Officer, hosted a panel of distinguished technology leaders. All shared insights about their career path and how to attract and develop women in technology leadership roles.

The event and our sponsorship of the NCWIT reinforces Thomson Reuters commitment to diversity and the development of future leaders.

“Getting girls involved early on in technology will feed the pipeline,” said panelist Avis Yates-Rivers, President & CEO of Technology Concepts Group International, LLC.

Reports show that while 57% of professional occupations in the 2014 U.S. workforce are held by women, only 26% of professional computing roles are held by women. The panelists agreed that there is still work to do to increase the ranks of women in information technology roles. (more…)

Disruptive FinTech: Rocking the boat on stormy seas

There are certain FinTech trends like regulation, technology, disruption, demographics and insight that are driving opportunities in the capital markets vertical. However, there are challenges as well – it is a global and complex industry while also being heavily regulated. One way FinTech firms are dealing with the challenges is by partnering with large institutions to obtain established distribution platforms. Our market leading open platform and market data platform provide a great opportunity for FinTech partnership. A managed services approach to the delivery of the Thomson Reuters platform also ensures that the partnership obtains cost efficiency and differentiation in a competitive industry.

Data Science Insight series presents Building Brains: Learning from Data

A staff talks to a humanoid robot named Han developed by Hanson Robotics via a mobile phone during the Global Sources spring electronics show in Hong Kong

Hear from one of the world experts on Artificial Intelligence, a topic that is changing the world, as part of London Technology Week in one of London, and the world’s, most iconic venues, on June 17, 2015. Click here to register

Learning from data is something that has evolved naturally in the human (and animal) brain. Learning is a fundamentally important part of how we make decisions, how we build things and how we create value. Building machines that can learn was one of the grand challenges in computing in the 20th century, spawning a wealth of research into how to mimic processes of the human brain with artificial neural networks. Most recently, more advanced artificial neural networks have lead to the emergence of the field of machine learning that is today being applied widely in data science and big data analytics. Machine learning is transforming whole industries, and is driving the development of advances such as self-driving cars, a computer that can beat humans at Jeopardy! and real-time machine translation.

In this fourth Data Science Insights event we welcome Steve Furber CBE. Most recently he is working on SpiNNaker – a new kind of computer architecture that directly mimics the human brain. Axel Threlfall, Lead Anchor for Reuters Television, will chair.

Note that this event will be held at the Royal Institution of Great Britain in central London.

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Thomson Reuters Data Prize 2015 – Quorum and RaptorMaps


Photo Credit: MIT Sloan Office of Communications

Now running for 25 years, the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition has established itself as one of the U.S., and world’s, premier student business competitions. Awarded alongside the MIT $100K Launch Prize, the Thomson Reuters Data Innovation Lab is proud to support the Thomson Reuters Data Prize, to recognize a team for which innovative use of data is core to their business. Mona Vernon, Vice President, Data Innovation Lab, has supported and championed the Thomson Reuters Data Prize since 2011 in recognition of the high quality teams that the competition produces and the exciting potential that the new businesses represent across all the markets that Thomson Reuters operates in.

This year two winners have been chosen to recognize two important trends for data intensive businesses. Quorum and RaptorMaps were awarded $5000 each by John Schloff, Senior Director in our IP & Science business, at the MIT $100K Launch Finale on May 13, 2015 at the Kresge Auditorium, Cambridge, MA.

On presenting both teams with their checks, John commented: “At Thomson Reuters we cover the whole lifecycle of innovation. What really impressed us in these two teams was how they covered the spectrum from discovery of new sources of data to the insights and the understanding to gain competitive advantage from that information. Congratulations to Quorum and to RaptorMaps!” (more…)