We are swimming in data. Every minute, YouTube sees two days’ worth of video uploaded, Tumblr sees about 25,000 blog posts, and there are 2,000 check-ins to Foursquare. Yet most uses of data—big or small, point or range, stream or batch—are undertaken by organizations for organizations. Though we mortals have benefited from available data in services like search and mapping, most of the innovation in combinations and uses of data takes place far from where we are.
In this keynote presentation from the 2013 Microsoft Research Faculty Summit, Clay Shirky investigates how we can make that data useful to individuals, not just organizations.