O’Reilly Media has published a free ebook, “Big Data Now,” which is an anthology of the data-related content from O’Reilly Radar. The ebook covers data issues, the application of data, data science and tools, and the business of data.
The major themes go in depth on:
Data issues — The opportunities and ambiguities of the data space are evident in this segment’s discussions around privacy, the implications of data-centric industries, and even in the debate about the phrase “data science” itself.
The application of data — An exploration of data applications showed that this segment is quickly expanding to include everything from data startups to established enterprises to media/journalism to education and research. A “data product” can emerge from virtually any domain.
Data science and data tools — The tools and technologies that drive data science are, of course, essential to this space, but the varied techniques being applied are also key to understanding the big data arena.
The business of data — This is all about the actions connected to data — the process of finding, organizing, and analyzing data that allows organizations of all sizes to improve and innovate.
To be clear, “Big Data Now” represents the story up to this point (hence, the “now” part of the title). In the weeks and months ahead we’ll certainly see important shifts in the data landscape. That’s why we’ll continue to follow this space through ongoing Radar coverage and our series ofonline and in-person Strata events.
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