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Open secrets: The next stage for big data

Data is no longer the ‘new oil’ that can be stolen or stored at a heavy environmental price. In future it will be used for the betterment of humanity

Like many terms that have found their way into everyday use, the origins of ‘big data’ are contested. Regardless of who said it first, it was 2013, when it was entered into the Oxford English Dictionary, that marked a pivotal point for a phrase that, at that point, had come to define a new era in business and tech.

Alongside the growth of big data came the open data movement. Stemming from the scientific community, ...