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Trend  Report  |  Big  Data  &  Health  

Big  Data  Trends  
Big  data  is  the  new  big  name  in  town  and  is  indeed  revolu/onizing  our  world  in  a  flash:  over  
90  percent  of  the  data  in  the  world  was  created  in  the  past  2  years.  This  is  due  to:  
   
•  our   extensive   online   ac6vity.   Every   minute,   we   send   204   million   emails,   generate   1.8  
million  Facebook  likes,  send  278  000  tweets,  upload  200  000  photos  on  Facebook,  etc.  
•  the   development   of   the   Internet   of   Things   (IoT),   a   system   of   interrelated   compu/ng  
devices,   mechanical   and   digital   machines,   objects,   animals   or   people   that   are   provided  
with   unique   iden/fiers   and   the   ability   to   transfer   data   over   a   network   without   requiring  
human-­‐to-­‐computer  interac/on.  
•  the   increasing   number   of   sensors   everywhere,   devices   which   detect   and   respond   to   some  
type   of   input   from   the   physical   environment   (light,   heat,   mo/on,   moisture,   pressure).   The  
output   is   generally   a   signal   that   is   converted   to   human-­‐readable   display   at   the   sensor  
loca/on  or  transmibed  electronically  over  a  network  for  reading  or  further  processing.    

We  all  produce  data,  and  data  affects  us  all.  It  is  reshaping  everything  
we   do:   from   scien/fic   research   to   business   strategy,   from   poli/cs   to  
social  interac/on.  It  is  at  the  heart  of  all  concerns  but  also  holds  the  
key  for  a  brighter  future.  
 
Data   today   is   not   only   defined   by   its   enormous   volume;   it   is   also  
defined  by  its  velocity  (or  speed),  its  variety  (or  different  sources),  its  
veracity   (or   completeness   and   accuracy)   and   its   value:   how   can   we  
get  the  most  out  of  all  this  data?      
 
This   explosion   of   unstructured   data   has   led   to   new   techniques   for  
access,   storage   and   analysis   which   are   not   within   everyone’s   reach…  
and  that  is  the  crux  of  the  maber!  Who  generates  big  data,  who  can  
store  it,  and  most  importantly,  who  can  analyze  it  to  use  it?    
 
While   individuals   create   70   percent   of   all   data,   enterprises   store   80  
percent   and   only   4   percent   of   companies   can   draw   meaningful  
insights  from  data  and  act  upon  it  (according  to  Bain,  2014).  Indeed,  
to  get  value  out  of  data,  you  first  need    the  right  data,  the  right  tools  -­‐  
for   instance,   Hadoop,   founded   in   2006,   was   the   first   open   source  
plagorm   des/ned   to   store   and   analyze   the   explosion   of   web   data;  
today,   HPCC   and   NoSQL   are   other   crucial   sokware   actors   -­‐   and   the  
right  people  to  deal  with  the  big  analy/cs.    

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The  term  “Big  Data”  oken  triggers  nega/ve  apprecia/on:  breach  of  privacy,  commodifica/on,  
surveillance,  loss  of  control,  etc.  But  big  data,  as  such,  is  not  a  problem;  the  problem  lies  in  
how  the  data  is  used,  and  by  whom.  People  are  oken  less  aware  of  the  posi/ve  impact  big  
data   can   have   on   our   lives:   it   provides   great   tools   to   forecast,   frame   or   respond   to   large   scale  
challenges  affec/ng  the  lives  of  millions.  

Understanding  demographic  and  migratory  processes  
Tracking   cell   phones   ac/vity   via   GPS   can   help   us   understand   paberns  
of  migra/on  and  forma/on  of  social  groups  in  ci/es.  Thanks  to  "data  
mining",   the   SAS   Ins/tute,   an   American   mul/na/onal   developer   of  
analy/cs   sokware,   was   able   to   iden/fy   trends   in   unemployment   in  
the   United   States   and   Ireland   three   months   before   the   official  
reports,  by  analyzing  conversa/ons  held  on  social  media.  

Improving  our  natural  disaster  alert  systems  
The  US  Geological  Survey  watches  on  Twiber  the  increase  in  volume  
of  messages  on  earthquakes  and  temblors,  and  has  thus  been  able  to  
locate   earthquakes   with   90   percent   accuracy.   The   data   is   available  
through  their  Live  Earthquake  Map.  In  other  cases,  the  use  of  oceanic  
robo/c   sensor   systems   helps   monitor   ac/vi/es,   and   provides   real-­‐
/me  analysis  to  an/cipate  the  risk  of  tsunamis.  

Understanding  economic  trends  
MIT  researchers  have  developed  a  plagorm,  the  Billion  Prices  project,  
that   collects   data   on   the   prices   of   goods   sold   or   adver/sed   on   the  
web   on   a   daily   basis,   and   uses   it   to   es/mate   infla/on   with   high  
precision.   It   allows   them   to   iden/fy   peaks   of   infla/on   much   faster  
than  with  tradi/onal  methods.  
 
 
Detec6ng  pandemic  risks  in  real  6me  
Google   Flu   Trends   and   Google   Dengue   Trends   monitor   internet  
researches  on  the  symptoms  of  influenza  and  malaria  carried  out  in  
certain   places.   As   a   result,   they   can   detect   the   possibility   of   an  
outbreak   and   its   loca/on   at   any   /me.   Both   programs   have   now   been  
shut  down  due  to  a  couple  of  missed  predic/ons,  but  s/ll  showed  the  
way   for   future   ground-­‐breaking   and   very   precious   tools   to   monitor  
the  spread  of  diseases.      
 
 
Discovering   topographical   changes,   and   paAerns   of   traffic   and   gas  
emissions  
In   the   soon-­‐to-­‐be   smart   ci/es,   electronical   and   digital   sensors  
capable   of   transferring   real   /me   data   on   the   city’s   ac/vity   will   be  
implemented.   These   sensors   can,   for   example,   change   the   dura/on  
of  the  lights  at  traffic  lights  to  ease  up  traffic  density.  
 
 

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