Encyclopedia of Big Data

Living Edition
| Editors: Laurie A. Schintler, Connie L. McNeely


  • Bruce Anderson
  • Alexander Sessums
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-32001-4_76-1

In the presence of the “information explosion” Big Data means big possibilities. Nowhere is the ultimacy of this statement more absolute than in the rising sector of Big Data collecting via unmanned aerial vehicles or drones. The definition of Big Data, much like its purpose, is all encompassing, overarching, and umbrella-like in function. More fundamentally, the term refers to the category of data sets which are so large they prove standard methods of data interrogation to no longer be helpful or applicable. In other words, it is “a large volume unstructured data which cannot be handled by standard data base management systems like DBMS, RDBMS, or ORDBMS.” Instead, new management software tools must be employed to “capture, curate, manage and process the data within a tolerable elapsed time.” The trend toward Big Data in the past few decades has been in large measure due to analytical tools which allows experts to now spot correlations in large data volumes where they would have...

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Further Readings

  1. Ackerman, S. (2013, April 25). Welcome to the age of big drone data. Retrieved September 1, 2014.Google Scholar
  2. Bell, M. (n.d.). US Drone Strikes are Controversial are they war crimes. Retrieved September 1, 2014.Google Scholar
  3. Big Data: A Driving Force in Precision Agriculture. (2014, January 1). Retrieved September 1, 2014.Google Scholar
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  5. Lobosco, K. (2013, August 19). Drones can change the fight against wildfires. Retrieved September 1, 2014.Google Scholar
  6. Noyes, K. (2014, May 30). Cropping up on every farm: Big Data technology. Retrieved September 1, 2014.Google Scholar
  7. Press, G. (2015, May 9). A very short history of Big Data. Retrieved September 1, 2014.Google Scholar
  8. Wirthman, L. (2014, July 28). How Drones and Big Data are creating winds of change for Hurrican Forecasts. Retrieved September 1, 2014.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bruce Anderson
    • 1
    • 2
  • Alexander Sessums
    • 2
  1. 1.Earth & EnvironmentBoston University Earth & EnvironmentBostonUSA
  2. 2.Florida Southern CollegeLakelandUSA