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Re: [ontolog-forum] FW: Looking to the Future of Data Science - NYTimes.

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From: David Price <dprice@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 19:42:37 +0100
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On 30 Aug 2014, at 18:35, Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

When one accesses Big Data for some purpose, what has one really accessed? 

Data distorted by qualification using a meaningless buzz-phrase 

According the ISO task force [1] trying to make sense of big data a draft definition is:

Big Data: a data set(s) with characteristics that for a particular problem domain at a given point in time cannot be efficiently processed using current/existing/established/traditional technologies and techniques in order to extract value

You may not agree with the text of that particular definition, but it is not simply a buzzword. Established technologies have their limits, and "big data" is what organizations are creating that has "broken" those technologies causing them to try to find alternatives to them. As with anything new and in the media, there will be hangers-on who pervert the original intent (e.g. the RDBMS vendors now claiming they are big data too). However, the fact that some organizations try to take advantage of a problem for their own purposes does not mean the problem does not exist.

FWIW That same definition also includes the text:

[Editor’s Note on June 2014]: there is a concern about the Big Data definition is too narrow within the dataset(s) concept; it is more a paradigm shift of technology changes. Contributions are invited.

Perhaps a few of you might want to take them up on their invitation.


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