A Critical Reflection on Big Data: Considering APIs, Researchers, and Tools

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This paper looks at how data is created and by whom. A particular focus is the intersection between the application programming interface (API) as well as tools used to process data. This paper offers three new ways to define and think about big data and proposes a series of practical suggestions for making data sets. In addition, it looks to create a discussion among researchers as to the questions they ask of big data, the tools needed to be used to address these questions, and data methods they apply.

This paper is of extreme importance to those researchers and practitioners working with big data, in order to challenge their own assumptions and apply the latest technique to understanding the significance of this new and exciting field.

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Farida Vis

October 2013