Special Report: Big Data

Connecting the dots to provide insight into the world we live in

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Big data is a term with no set definition, mainly because the meaning of “big” changes with the advance of technology. Because more devices are becoming part of our everyday lives, there are more bits of data than ever before.

A decade ago, big data was measured in terabytes (or 1,000 to the fourth power in the International System of Units), and today the measure has reached petabytes, or 1,000 times that size. Soon, big data will likely mean exabytes—or 1 million terabytes. All of the facts, figures, files, and records making up this data will be up for analysis, with the hope that the results will provide insight into the world we live in and will help to improve it.

IEEE is a major player in this arena. The IEEE Big Data Initiative, launched in June under the Future Directions Committee— the organization’s R&D arm—is working not only to advance technologies that support and make sense of the growing mountains of data, but also to ensure that the information remains secure.

TECH FOCUS

Med120Better Health Care Through Data

How health analytics could contain costs and improve care

crime120 The Future of Crime Prevention

Big data can stop criminals in their tracks

hist120Census and Sensibility

A little history of big data

job120 Landing a Job in Big Data

The field requires the right skills and mind-set

OPINIONS

quest120Should Big Data Determine Salaries?

Some companies turn to analytical tools to determine compensation for employees

Pres120 With Big Data Comes Big Responsibility

Who will protect our personal information?

BENEFITS

prod120A Repository of Big-Data Resources

Handy references for dealing with lots of data

Conf120Conferences: October­–December

Upcoming IEEE events cover topics related to big data

standards120 Standards That Support Big Data

Covering a variety of applications

books120E-books Cover Big Data

Download them from the IEEE Xplore Digital Library

PEOPLE

prof120Mark Davis: Making Sense of Data

Advancing and securing data processing technologies

achieve120 Data Miners

IEEE Fellows have developed innovative ways to extract data from large repositories

Blogs 

4points120Four Ways Big Data Can Improve Your Life

What does all this data mining do for you?

expert120Ask The Experts: Big Data

Leaders in the field are here to answer your questions about the growing industry

data120Four Takeaways From IEEE Conferences on Big Data

Topics include sensor networks, privacy, and the role of humans

data120How I Launched a Big Data Start-up

Finding a niche in the field is key to success

data120Despite Growing Data, Infra- structure Stands Still

Why the gap puts research data at risk

data120Your Questions About Big Data Answered

Big data derived from online platforms produce bigger challenges

social120How to Mine Social Media

Big data derived from online platforms produce bigger challenges

data120The Big Picture of Big Data

Is it hype or something more?

data120Challenges That Face Those Who Work With Big Data

Expert says IEEE can help separate hype from reality

Multimedia 

news120Tech News: Big Data

This segment focuses on IEEE’s role in the growing field

news120[Infographic] How Big Data Is Improving Our Lives

What does all that data mining do for you?

news120[Video] How Big Data Will Improve Health Care

Video highlights opportunities of electronicmedical records