Big Data — The Need For “Data Journalists” Who Decode It For The Rest Of Us

“…with the data deluge we are currently experiencing, the need is more for people who have the ability to process those data sets and pass on insights to the public in ways they can understand “

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Molecular ThoughtsNate Silver was able to make predictions (of the 2012 elections) that were amazingly accurate. The data he had was available to most of us. However, we couldn’t decode them to reach the type of conclusions he did.

Douglas Okasaki of GulfNews.com looks at a new role that Big Data has created — That of data journalists. Here are excerpts…

1. When information or data was relatively scarce, much time was spent hunting and gathering data sets. However, with the data deluge we are currently experiencing, the need is more for people who have the ability to process those data sets and pass on insights to the public in ways they can understand (Nate Silver represents one of the new breed).

2. “Data journalism” should NOT be seen as belonging to an exclusive club. With the democratization of data, data belongs to all of us. We just have to find…

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