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Thursday, August 16, 2012

How Big Data Became so Big

In the NYT:  Largely obvious thoughts, but some very good links to a number of sources, including the report called Big Data, Big Impact from the World Economic Forum.  Where they write:   " ... The amount of data in the world is exploding - large portion of this comes from the interactions over mobile devices being used by people in the developing world - people whose needs and habits have been poorly understood until now. Researchers and policymakers are beginning to realize the potential for channeling these torrents of data into actionable information that can be used to identify needs & provide services for the benefit of low-income populations. This discussion note is a Call-to-action for stakeholders for concerted action to ensure that this data helps the individuals and communities who create it. ... " 

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