Big data in a historical context

Excellent stuff from Alan Patrick on his Broadstuff blog, talking about the 70s, 80s and 90s versions of big data – or “data”, they were calling it back then… And you know what – you just cannot simulate the minute operation laden details of a shop floor or logistics network reliably. No matter how big…… Continue reading Big data in a historical context

Data exhaust trails

Another useful insight from Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work and Think:   A term of art has emerged to describe the digital trail that people leave in their wake: “data exhaust”. it refers to data that is shed as a byproduct of people’s actions and movements in the world.…… Continue reading Data exhaust trails

Datafication

“Big data” as a term reminds me of “social media” a few years ago. It is in danger – through mis-use and over-use – of losing its currency before many people fully understand its significance. And it is very, very significant indeed. One of the books I’m reading – at a rapid pace which is…… Continue reading Datafication

Crowdsensing: mobile data and predictive algorithms

In Pakistan, mobile data has helped the authorities predict where an epidemic will break out: Researchers working for the Pakistani government developed an early epidemic detection system for their region that looked for telltale signs of a serious outbreak in data gathered by government employees searching for dengue larvae and confirmed cases reported from hospitals.…… Continue reading Crowdsensing: mobile data and predictive algorithms