[School-of-data] BIG data... What is BIG?

Julian Tait julian at thegarden.io
Wed Jul 9 19:46:43 UTC 2014

Hi Stefan,

I think the data that is being released by the National Health Service in the UK around prescribed medicines could be considered BIG - over 1GB per month, approx 4 million lines. http://www.hscic.gov.uk/searchcatalogue?productid=12419&topics=0%2fPrescribing&infotype=0%2fOpen+data&sort=Relevance&size=10&page=1#top with the potential to help solve BIG problems such as the prevalence of proprietary medication over generic - a big cost for the public health service or whether certain areas are anomalous in the way that anti-depressants are used etc.



9 Jul 2014, at 20:25, Stefan Urbanek wrote:

> On Jul 9, 2014, at 12:55 PM, Laura James <laura.james at okfn.org> wrote:
>> On 9 July 2014 16:59, Stefan Urbanek <stefan.urbanek at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Concerning Open-Data, I yet have to see a dataset AND a problem to say that it is a BIG data problem. If you know about any, I would be more than happy to know about it. I would love to see one and touch it.
>> Depending on the definition of big data, something like the Ensembl human genome data? (210GB annotated version)
>> I imagine there may also be some pretty large NASA-generated open data sets. 
> Ah, you are right. thanks. I didn’t counted them in, because I think of them more as “scientific data” that happen to be open. Therefore I would rephrase myself as “I yet have to see a non-scientific open-data dataset(s) and a problem that is a big data problem” :-)
> Stefan
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