It’s been a while since I last posted (I have a good excuse, I was organising my wedding and then off on honeymoon!). But something’s been bugging me – a strange claim I’ve seen in a few places. Legend has it that 90% of all data was created in the last two years (ta @james_randerson for the link).
I find it difficult to get my head round this. I think the statement is supposed to convey the humungous amount of new data that is being created every day – from genetic sequencing to personal data recorded by smart phones. But it seems to be one of those statements where the story has been simplified so much as to be almost completely meaningless – what kind of ‘data’ are we even talking about? (more…)