Big data is one of the buzz words of this decade and refers to the collection and exploration of complex data sets. This complexity of big data is typically described by the four Vs: Volume, Velocity, Variety, and Veracity. From a business perspective big data is often portrayed as a sea of big opportunities. The public debate is torn between the two poles portrayed by the writers George Orwell and Aldous Huxley: complete surveillance and oppression on the one end, irrelevance and narcism on the other. The technological research quite naturally is mostly concerned with the technical feasibility of the approaches, the continuously increasing challenges with respect to the four Vs, and the creative solutions needed to tackle them.
In this course you will get an overview on big data by looking at it from various aspects, primarily the business and societal point of view. There will also be a fundamental exposition to the technological side of big data.