Big data’s big role in humanitarian aid
When it comes to Big Data and Analytics most people think about using that data from a business perspective. Interestingly enough, the article I read talks about several projects that have started using big data and analytics for a humanitarian cause. The article describes how the The Swedish Migration Board was able to predict an influx of immigrants from 2,500 a month to 10,000 a month using big data and analytics. The article also describes how using big data from social media posts to predict conflict and unrest in certain areas. The article goes into more description of the possible outcomes for theses projects that would help benefit the communities around the world. Unfortunately, having systems that analyze big data are expensive and the cost are currently limiting the full potential of these projects. If these projects are able to get the required funding, it will be interesting to see if the theories do in fact pan out and make a positive impact on the world.