National Physical Laboratory

Insights Issue 09

Big data

This issue of Insights from the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is dedicated to big data, but what do we mean by that term?

In this issue, you will see big data referred to as both a technology and a solution to various challenges. You will also see it described as a challenge in itself with new approaches and algorithms needed to solve it.

The difference is one of perspective – those in data provenance, computer science and end users will all have different views on what big data is, or could be. It is the role of a National Measurement Institute like NPL to span all of these views, and help partners in each sector to benefit from the potential of big data.

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