Big Data: Silver Bullet, 21st Century oil, or just a plain old thermometer?

Part 1 Development has seen a number of “silver bullets” since the middle of the last century and it’s tempting to place Big Data as the latest and greatest solution to the development question. But as competing silver bullets ricochet through workshops and high-level panel discussions in the develo-sphere, in …

What the hell is Big Data? Part II

In their article, “The Data That Turned the World Upside down,” writers ANNES GRASSEGGER AND MIKAEL KROGERUS explain, “Big Data means, in essence, that everything we do, both on and offline, leaves digital traces. Every purchase we make with our cards, every search we type into Google, every movement we …