Data Overload?


We are aware of services such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and of course Google, collecting vast amounts of data. Users dump petabyte of data on the servers of file hosters, and governments are also not sitting on their hands when it comes to data retention. The availability of low cost storage space combined with with technologies allowing the production and distribution of larger audio, video and image files, let alone the possibilities to monitor all kind of traffic and gather information constitute a data void that will be a challenge to navigate and analyse. The New York times has an interesting article on the future challenge for students to "climb an Everest of data".

Training to Climb an Everest of Data by Ashlee Vance, NYT, October 11 2009.