Introduction to Big Data

The first discussion of Big Data appeared in an article written by Mr Doug Laney, an analyst at Forrester Research at the time, in 2001. The paper did not mention Big Data but discussed for the first time the three main characteristics of Big Data: Volume, Velocity and Variety. The term Big Data only started […]

Fighting Pirates (on the High Seas) and Graffiti (in the Cities) with Big Data

Big Data is having a significant and wide-reaching impact on our lives. And, it can be found in quite unexpected places. Nate Silver’s prediction of the 2012 US Election has been making headlines on the web for quite some time. The accuracy is surprising, using Big Data to achieve it, probably not so much. However, […]