big data


History on the fly: documenting a pandemic

In early 2020, as Covid-19 began shutting down parts of the world, one group of academics was amassing a virtual army of volunteer research assistants to capture data about the policies and measures introduced by governments across the world in response to the pandemic. The CoronaNet Project as it is […]


Mapping ideaspace

What’s the recipe for an idea worth spreading? Ecologist Eric Berlow and physicist Sean Gourley realized that they were sharing the same ideas before they even met. They decided to analyze thousands of data points worth of TED Talks in search for the magic formula of an idea worth spreading. […]


What if the internet got smarter?

Every self-respecting tech guy was there: the annual Semantics conference in Vienna. If you don’t have a degree in engineering or information technology you won’t get the most out of this conference, but you’ll profit nonetheless. Because semantics is not just about a bunch of technical stuff, it is first and […]


human vs data

Data vs. Humans: Why the Why Matters in Big Data 2

In their famous book about Big Data, the authors Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Kenneth Cukier state the following: “the era of big data challenges the way we live and interact with the world. Most strikingly, society will need to shed some of its obsession for causality in exchange for simple correlations: […]


How art found the cure for data numbness

The digital revolution set a lot of things in motion. But we are not only talking about practical things like smart cites, self-driving cars, digital glasses and the internet of things. The new ways in which we collect and connect lots of data even affect the way we make art. And […]


From A to B doing C: A society in motion

Imagine a world where your car drives you to work in the morning and picks you up in the evening, where an app tells you which public transport route is the least crowded at the moment, where you scan your environment for interesting stuff via your glasses while walking down the […]


Drifting along the Flood of Information: The paradox of human newspapers in a Big Data Society

Bigger, faster, stronger: This is how the Big Data Society appears to be. More interactive, more interconnected, offering humanity innumerable opportunities to fish out of the information flood we are drifting along. Thus it raises the unprecedented necessity to use newspapers as filters in order to pull out relevant and […]


BIG DATA – benefits and challenges

New technologies tracking personal information, far too little regulation to protect such processes, companies and governments lying about or hidding what they are tracking. These are the first thoughts most of us have when hearing about Big Data and one of the reasons for that are recent events like the 2013 NSA mass surveillance scandal. However, […]


Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Daniel Dewey at TEDxVienna 2013

Not many sciences will have such an enormous impact on human society and history as IT will do in the 21st century. It now already penetrates every aspect of modern life, from the way we shop, handle tasks, interact with others, make scientific progress; IT has become indispensable. It’s the […]