Archive for the Big Data category

Felix Naumann
Felix Naumann

Reflections of a Data Skeptic

Big Data

In the 21st century, our everyday lives are shaped by what machines tell us to do. Big data and their application to economy, policy, and our social life act as behavioral equalizers. And this they do under the assumption of optimization in both subtle and open ways. In fact, they are pushing individuals into uniform […]

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Letizia Tanca
Letizia Tanca

Wisdom: a “double V” for Big Data

Analytics, Big Data, data exploration

Some months ago, I found an exciting piece of news on the Web: a top manager proclaimed [1]: “If the most important thing you offer is data, you are in trouble. (….) Algorithms is where the real value lies. Algorithms define action.” How interesting! It seems to suggest that everybody, including computer scientists and in […]

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Serge Abiteboul and Julia Stoyanovich
Serge Abiteboul and Julia Stoyanovich

Data, Responsibly

Big Data

(This blog post is an extended version of an October 12, 2015 Le Monde op-ed article (in French)) Our society is increasingly relying on algorithms in all aspects of its operation. We trust algorithms not only to help carry out routine tasks, such as accounting and automatic manufacturing, but also to make decisions on our […]

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Julia Stoyanovich and Fabian Suchanek
Julia Stoyanovich and Fabian Suchanek

The elephant in the room: getting value from Big Data

Big Data

Big Data, and its 4 Vs – volume, velocity, variety, and veracity – have been at the forefront of societal, scientific and engineering discourse. Arguably the most important 5th V, value, is not talked about as much. How can we make sure that our data is not just big, but also valuable? WebDB workshop, which […]

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Michael L. Brodie, Jennie Duggan
Michael L. Brodie, Jennie Duggan

Big Data Is Opening the Door To Revolutions: Databases Should Be Next

Big Data

Most professional fields, whether in business or academia, rely on data and have done so for centuries. In the digital age and with the emergence of Big Data, this dependency is growing dramatically – perhaps out of proportion to its current value given the concepts, tools, and techniques presently available. For example, how do you […]

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