The big-data successor of the spreadsheet

In my previous post, I argued that because spreadsheets do not scale to big data proportions, we need a new mode of computation that is as powerful but (more importantly) also just as accessible. So what could that successor of the spreadsheet look like? The question has kept me busy …

Rewriting Excel for the era of big(ger) data

The spreadsheet may very well be the biggest innovation after the personal computer itself. Spreadsheets are used by professionals in virtually all sectors where information is processed, where they are entrusted with anything between shopping lists and billion-dollar, life-or-death decisions support systems. They are used for all sorts of tasks …

Big data: a quest for policy

This article explores the (potential) impact of big data on policy and policy research. Smart devices generate an ever-increasing volume, variety and velocity of data (so called big data). The expectation is that big data will play a significant role in policy-making processes and policy research. However, to capture the …

Measuring the information society using big data

How can we¬†take advantage of big data (1) to improve the availability of currently existing global ICT statistics, amd (2) to improve the measurement of the information society? The opportunities for using big data in the context of ICT statistics production are in combining a big data source with a …

Big data for official statistics

The 2014 ESS “Big Data in Official Statistics” event, organised in Rome on 31 st March and 1st April 2014, aimed at contributing to the implementation of the Scheveningen Memorandum, by achieving the following objectives: Increasing awareness of the Big Data challenges in the ESS and propose ways to address …