Report on Big Data

The following is reposted from The Scout Report for January 15, 2010.  From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2010.  http://scout.wisc.edu/

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The Promise and Peril of Big Data

( http://www.aspeninstitute.org/sites/default/files/content/docs/pubs/InfoTech09.pdf ) 

Some data-crunchers and others are thrilled by the prospect of the growing amount of “big data”.  According to a recent report, the amount of digital content available on the Internet is approaching five hundred billion gigabytes.  This 66-page report from the Aspen Institute asks some key questions about these developments, including “Does Big Data represent an evolution of knowledge, or is more actually less when it comes to information on such scales?”   Released in January 2010, this report is based on insights from the recent Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program, which brought together 25 leaders from the fields of technology, economics, and public policy.  The report was written by David Bollier, and it includes sections like “Big Data and Health Care”, “How Should Big Data Abuses Be Addressed?” and “Business and Social Implications of Big Data”.

It’s an important read, and one that visitors with an interest in any of these fields will want to pass along to their friends. [KMG]

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