Big Bang Data: What does data mean to you?

This information age has led to an explosion of information available to people. With production of data every single day, right through the searches on Google, posts on Facebook or images on Instagram, this is changing the way we interact with each other in the real world.

Big Bang Data explores what data means to us. It shows many ways data is produced, envisaged and perceived through the works of inventors, planners, authors, commentators, reviewers, bloggers and innovators.


The Data Explosion

Every day, we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data, which is equivalent to 57.5 billion 32 GB iPads. This data is coming from endless sources such as climate sensors, social media sites, satellite signals, images and videos. As our personal experience and collective history become increasingly digitised, the preservation of data in the long term is becoming increasingly important.

Having access to more data is not just a question of volume; it is also an opportunity to do things differently. If we learn how to retain, process, and understand Big Data, an abundance of valuable knowledge can be retained. It can in a way provide a better understanding and perspectives of the universe around us.

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A New Era of Knowledge

The modern technology is capable of transforming data into various forms. If we go back nearly 5 to 10 years, most of the information we experience was just text. Today what we are experiencing the most is images and all those visuals. And now we are entering into this golden age of videos. We have now begin to understand the value of enriched and more immersive medium of experiences.

The practice of transforming figures into images to tell a story has a long tradition in science and design that spans from the figurative maps of the 19th century to today’s data visualisations. In the second half of the 20th century, artists from different spheres started to create an information aesthetic, in which data became an instrument for representation and subjective exploration.

Everything is Data

Today we are not just data consumers.

The data, images, texts or videos we share online is no longer belongs to us. It is being used to empower a major new prudence. Big organizations buy and sell details about users behaviours, trends, patterns and characteristics, materialising our seclusion to be able to target consequences back to us. This is a systematic gathering of data about our personal lives is one of the key enables of Big data revolution.

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Citizens today have a fundamental role in determining what kind of data society we will live in. We can resign ourselves to being passive consumers and merchandise, or we can take control of the information we produce and use it as a force for good.

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Prototypes, applications, websites, and artworks that harness open-source data are on display in this chapter. Each work highlights how data, when put into the hands of the public, can enable citizens to make informed decisions in their daily lives.

By increasing our awareness of the data around us, we can determine the kind of data required in the society to take out a meaningful information for the benefits of mankind.

Written by Gobuzzy

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