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Making Room for Digital Data

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It’s predicted that in 2020 there’s going to be 5200 GB of data per person, at least according to the ongoing Digital Universe study. Digital data is a pretty broad description of information. If you’re wondering what that means, that’s any data that’s stored in the form of ones and zeros, or that is to say, binary code. That’s all the data traveling in mobile phone networks, on computer hard drives and web servers, and increasingly data transmitted into other mediums.

From a casual user’s perspective this is everything from the online game being displayed on your television as you play console games with people around the world, to the birthday reminder message on your phone and the spreadsheets on your laptop. However, behind the scenes, even more data that will be generated will just be the chatter of machines communicating, which is to say information that comes from idle machine sensors and other non-human generated data. From a business perspective, big data is big news. No Business Administration college graduate completes their program without a firm grounding in standard office software and naturally if you’re taking IT courses in Toronto you are well versed with the handling and storage of data. However this ongoing data boom is also going to provide a lot of work from an analysis perspective.

The advantage of digital data is its accessibility and transferability. You can make an infinite number of perfect copies of it. Much of it is generated automatically and we’re getting increasingly good as processing it. This means that the research potential will be extremely vast. This data can be mined for highly specific and general information. With better insight into the human condition this could affect everything from healthcare training to how the workday is structured as we learn everything from the most productive times work can be completed to the frequency of accidents in specific populations.

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