Sunscreen testing is one example of a perfect application for visual analytics and Qlik, which empowers scientists in the field with the ability to share and leverage data from any mobile device. In fact, the FDA currently uses Qlik today in the same capacity, but around food safety research. Thousands of users in hundreds of labs across the country use Qlik to share and augment their testing with existing research data, enabling them to quickly access food sample and analysis data and find potential issues.
Gone are the days of scientists collecting data only to be published in a research report. Visual analytics makes this data available not only for regulatory purposes, but also to inform the general public. This application of analytics expands beyond compliance. With the ability to rapidly compile and analyze data, researchers can uncover associations in their results that they weren’t even looking for—like that magic ingredient that’ll make sunscreen truly waterproof.
Back to those “spots”. Most of them are harmless freckles, but I’m sure there are a few sunspots and moles sprinkled in. I’m a 37-year-old, freckle-faced redhead, and I’ve never been to the dermatologist. Meanwhile family members, friends and colleagues (all with far fewer freckles than me) are having cancerous moles and sun spots removed at an alarming rate. I’m making my first dermatologist appointment tomorrow—wish me luck!