Posted by: bluesyemre | November 28, 2014

Responsible Use of Data by House of Commons Science and Technology Committee #bigdata #socialmedia

  • Big Data has the potential to transform the ways that analysts understand the world in which we live. Social media data, a subset of big data, could provide a new method of examining society that was hitherto available through snapshot methods such as census data or surveys. One of the defining features of modern society is the move to mass uptake of social media, the creation, sharing and exchange of information, ideas and pictures within virtual communities and networks. Millions of individuals from across the globe have signed up to social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, and this phenomena has led to vast collections of personal data. As the tools to analyse and organise vast quantities of digital data have been developed, both commercial and governmental organisations have considered how that social media data might be put to use. We have found the UK well-placed to take advantage of social media data, and its analysis, for the benefits of better governance and commercial opportunities. There are, however, persistent problems in ensuring that the education system is generating people with the right skill sets to feed this growing industry and that government organisations have the necessary insights to ensure it is used to its fullest extent for the benefit of UK citizens.

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