the origins of "big data"

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The NYT investigates the phrase "big data" as "An Etymological Detective Story," talking to Fred R. Shapiro (editor of the Yale Book of Quotations and an associate librarian at the Yale Law School) about the term's origin:

The unruly digital data of the Web is a big ingredient in what is now being called "Big Data." And as it turns out, the term Big Data seems to be most accurately traced not to references in news or journal archives, but to digital artifacts now posted on technical Web sites, appropriately enough. [...]

The term Big Data is so generic that the hunt for its origin was not just an effort to find an early reference to those two words being used together. Instead, the goal was the early use of the term that suggests its present connotation -- that is, not just a lot of data, but different types of data handled in new ways.

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