DH201 Post #6: Big Data

In addition to different on different teams that work on different tasks for the final project, each person in our class is responsible for contributing a piece of content to the encyclopedia. My piece of content, i.e. my two cents, is going to be an entry on the topic of “big data”

From what I understand thus far from our discussions, entries are supposed to feature some brief bits of text — anywhere from a couple of lines to a full paragraph is acceptable — introducing the concept. The main focus of the entry, however, will be multimedia materials, mages, videos, blog posts, tweets, etc, that come after the brief introduction. Neither of these components have to be written by the entry creator, and in fact, it is preferable that they come from elsewhere and then are embedded or linked to from our encyclopedia. In all, there are supposed to be from 5-10 resources, and it is preferable if they all fit “above the scroll”.

Relying on this understanding to guide my steps, I’ve gathered the following links, to articles, projects and blog post, embedded videos, and image, and decided on the obvious hashtag (#bigdata) to use when tweeting about the concept. Here are all those things in their entire, messy, unappealing glory.

Since I am not writing the content for the entry, my role will be a curator. I will sift through these resources and think of ways to present them in a coherent manner. Stay tuned!

Wikipedia article on big data

Bell, G., Hey, T. & Szalay, A. (2009). Beyond the data deluge. Science, 323: 1297-1298.

Crane, G. R. (2006). What do you do with a million books? D-Lib Magazine, 12(3). http://www.dlib.org/dlib/march06/crane/03crane.html

Goodman, A. & Wong, C. G. (2009). Bringing the night sky closer: Discoveries in the data deluge. In Hey, T., Tansley, S. & Tolle, K. (Eds.). The Fourth Paradigm:  Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery. Redmond, WA, Microsoft: 39-44. http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/collaboration/fourthparadigm/

Lagoze, C. & Velden, T. (2009). Communicating chemistry. Nature Chemistry, 1: 673 – 678.  http://www.nature.com/nchem/journal/v1/n9/full/nchem.448.html

Murray-Rust, P. & Rzepa, H. S. (2004). The next big thing: From hypermedia to datuments. Journal of Digital Information, 5(1): Article No. 248. http://journals.tdl.org/jodi/article/view/130 Ruecker, S., Radzikowska, M. & Sinclair, S. (2009). Designing Data Mining Droplets: New Interface Objects for the Humanities Scholar. Digital Humanities Quarterly, 3(3). http://digitalhumanities.org/dhq/vol/3/3/000067.html

Examples: SIMBAD Astronomical Database, Dataverse Network, MAST, Google Books, NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database

Blog post: Roderic Crooks’s Big Data, Polls, and History

Tags: big data, research data, data deluge, big science, fourth paradigm

Twitter hashtag: #bigdata

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