Merriam-Webster dictionary adds “big data”

So, for everyone who has been wondering/ debating/ frustrated about how to define big data, here you go:

“big data (noun) : an accumulation of data that is too large and complex for processing by traditional database management tools”

What’s extremely interesting to me is that it cites 1980 as being the first known use of the term.  I did a little digging and it seems this may be the cited reference.  “big-data” is stated half way down page 10.  It’s fascinating that the surrounding text appears to say, in essence, people don’t know how to collect and use data properly.

Well, let’s hope this time around we change …  See the complete definition here.

Posted in Big Data, Decision Making, Decision-Driven
2 comments on “Merriam-Webster dictionary adds “big data”
  1. Ned Boyajian says:

    Thoughtful observation, Lee.

  2. Bill Medrano says:

    Interesting topic to be sure. I draw a line in the sand at 2 Petabytes. There, and over, is Big Data.
    Best, Bill Medrano

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