Category Archives: Big Data
From Megabyte to Zettabyte: How Big?
“If you wrote out the information contained in one megabyte by hand, the resulting line of 1s and 0s would be more than five times as tall as Mount Everest. If you wrote out one gigabyte by hand, it would … Continue reading
Meteorological Observations, the Telegraph, and Metcalfe’s Law
Today in 1870, the U.S. Weather Bureau made its first meteorological observations using 24 locations that provided reports via telegraph. For the first time, weather observations from distant points could be “rapidly” collected, plotted, and analyzed at one location. It’s … Continue reading
The Oxford English Dictionary: The First Crowdsourcing Project?
The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) added the word “crowdsourcing” in its most recent quarterly online update. While the term was coined by Jeff Howe in 2006, after the Word Wide Web has made it easier to solicit “input from a large … Continue reading
Big Data Analysis at the NSA, 1962
The IBM 7950, also known as Harvest, was a one-of-a-kind adjunct to the Stretch computer which was installed at the US National Security Agency (NSA). Built by IBM, it was delivered in 1962 and operated until 1976, when it was … Continue reading
Timeline of Information Access and Sharing (Infographic)