What makes Big Data, Big Data? Exploring the ontological characteristics of 26 datasets

@article{Kitchin2016WhatMB,
  title={What makes Big Data, Big Data? Exploring the ontological characteristics of 26 datasets},
  author={Rob Kitchin and Gavin Mcardle},
  journal={Big Data \& Society},
  year={2016},
  volume={3}
}
Big Data has been variously defined in the literature. [...] Key Method’, applying Kitchin’s taxonomy of seven Big Data traits to 26 datasets drawn from seven domains, each of which is considered in the literature to constitute Big Data. The results demonstrate that only a handful of datasets possess all seven traits, and some do not possess either volume and/or variety. Instead, there are multiple forms of Big Data. Our analysis reveals that the key definitional boundary markers are the traits of velocity and…Expand
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