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Big Data Overview

Published Tuesday, July 15, 2014

This POSTnote gives an overview of big data.

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‘Big data’ is data on a scale or of a complexity that makes it challenging to use. This POST note examines definitions of big data, how it is managed, used and regulated, and the public concerns that it generates. It sets the scene for a series of briefings exploring how data are increasingly used across a range of sectors.

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