(This is a repost of the Linkedin article here)

I just tried to load the website for the Commerce Data Service (http://www.commerce.gov/dataservice ) and it redirected to http://www.commerce.gov, which means that the Service is officially dead. I have no idea when it was officially shut down. However, the last snapshot from the Way Back Machine was on July 31st, 2017.

It kinda hurt. I had a moment.

The startup that Jeff Chen and I founded and poured 100+ hour weeks into is no more.

Rather than be sad, it is time to celebrate.

As a team, we ran fast and…


Today (September 25th, 2017), the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is pleased to release the Health Atlas mobile application (formally “Health Atlas by IHME”)- a mobile app, available on Android and Apple devices, that provides country-level statistics from the Global Burden of Disease (GBD).

You can explore country-level stats on over 200 countries, compare trends for each country from 1990 to 2016, determine which diseases lead to the most loss of healthy life, share interesting findings with your friends and co-workers on social networks and other platforms, customize and filter the data displayed in each graph, easily copy…


At 3:30pm today (September 14th, 2017), the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) launched the 2016 Global Burden of Disease (GBD) — a comprehensive data set on the risks, injuries and diseases that impact the number of healthy years due to various factors; across gender, age groups, and time.

GBD Compare (https://vizhub.healthdata.org/gbd-compare/) now contains the data from the 2016 round of analysis.

You can now analyze updated data about the world’s health levels and trends from 1990 to 2016 in this interactive tool. Use treemaps, maps, arrow diagrams, and other charts to compare causes and risks within a country…


On one of my long layovers last week, I was listening to yet another interview between a popular tech host and a high-level government executive and the topic of artificial intelligence and jobs came up.

There was nostalgia expressed that the manufacturing jobs of the past will re-emerge in the next decade (by the government official, of course). It then dawned on me that there are quite a few people in denial and not willing to see the obvious.

So, let’s keep it 100.

Technology, whether it be the pen, an assembly line, or software, always leads to a shift…


Data is now widely recognized as the most important asset that any company, public sector or private entity, possesses.

The latent power of data and recent technological advances, in the production and utilization of insight gained from extremely large volumes of varied, multi-modal and high-frequency data sets, has led to the recent rise of a new class of professional roles — Chief Data Officers, Chief Data Scientists, Chief Data Evangelists, Chief Data Strategists, etc.

It has been about 5 years since these roles have become “hot jobs”.


I am happy to announce that on October 17th, 2016, I am joining the Senior Leadership team at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) as their first-ever Chief Information Officer (CIO).

IHME is an independent global health research center at the University of Washington that provides rigorous and comparable measurement of the world’s most important health problems and evaluates the strategies used to address them.


Anyone who knows me knows that I am proud of my Jamaican heritage. You would also know about my commitment to give back to the land that has given me so much.

So, it was an honor when I was asked to serve on Jamaica’s National Information and Communications Technology Advisory Council from 2016 through 2018.

Without hesitation, I said “Yes, Happy To Serve”.

Looking forward to all the amazing things that are possible.

If you currently live in Jamaica, tell me about your Information technology needs.


At the 2016 IEEE 2nd International Conference on Collaboration and Internet Computing (CIC 2016) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this November, Star Ying and I will present a paper on Big Data Privacy (read paper here).

In this paper, we provide a simple description of something that should be obvious to most — there is no privacy when it comes to Big Data.

In the paper, we describe the “as-is” state of the data privacy protection practice, and model the core of what constitutes Big Data. We then weaved the two worlds together using a probabilistic framework and take the framework to its obvious, natural conclusion.

This is the start of a critical discussion and introspection — one that we hope the community will engage in. Please leave comments below.


At the Fedscoop 50 awards held on Oct 4th, 2016 at the Hay-Adams Hotel in Washington DC, the Commerce Data Academy won the award for the Tech Program of the Year.

The Tech Program of the Year award celebrates the best examples of influential tech programs that have led to cost savings, efficiencies and partnerships between agencies.

The Commerce Data Academy (CDA) was launched in January 2016 as an initiative to provide Commerce employees with data science skills for the information age. …


At the Fedscoop 50 awards held on Oct 4th, 2016 at the Hay-Adams Hotel in Washington DC, the Commerce Data Usability Project won the award for Innovation of the Year.

The Innovation of the Year award celebrates the impactful technologies implemented this year that may have been unfathomable until recently.

The Commerce Data Usability Project (CDUP) is a collection of interactive data guides for high-valued data sets from the Department of Commerce — lowering the barrier to entry for individuals and companies that want to create businesses from Federal open data, accelerate the growth of their own business operations, or…

Dr Tyrone Grandison

Techie, Data Enthusiast, Privacy Advocate, Security Nerd. Social Justice Geek. Well-Rounded Human Being.

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