15 Oct '12, 1am

Data Wildcatters on the Wild Swiss Range

First, well-done, all in all, but especially ‘If it’s valuable to know, new data will flow.’ It’s a wonderful expression that deserves highlighting and re-circulating. Your way of distinguishing information from data makes immediate sense: ‘When we discover some set of information might be valuable, we turn that information into data.’ It also generates a corollary – “the most interesting bits of information”, are worth more. But we also need to consider the accuracy resulting from the transfer. On the Big Data end of the information spectrum ‘interest’ (hence, value) is extracted algorithmically, a process perpetually plagued with improving its woefully wasteful results. On the other data terminus, however, is Small (personal) Data, which deserves attention because it efficiently targets the most accurate information source – the individuals themselves. And within that do...

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