Big data can be used to gather valuable insights that can be applied to a number of sustainable development challenges, saving and improving lives
“Information is the oil of the 21st century, and analytics is the combustion engine”. While a few years old, these comments by one leading analyst indicate the immense potential – and increasing need – for big data analytics to fuel positive societal change and development. Big data has spawned a data industry. It has led to the arrival of data professionals – from data scientists to data architects to data analysts – and many governments and NGOs are actively trying to understand how they can apply big data to a variety of societal challenges – particularly humanitarian crises.
Author: Joakim Reiter