What is Big Data? Last time I looked, data is stored electronically as streams of ones and zeros. Since these are binary concepts, size is really not a consideration. The ones and zeros are not bigger or smaller than anyone else's. Big Data is another term that is vague, ill-conceived and has no real quantification or definition. Loosely interpreted I am currently under the belief most people really mean to say "A Very Large Amount of Data" or perhaps if it is bigger, we could make the acronym and say we have a VFLAD. I'll let you guess what the "F" stands for.
Does Big Data mean a single piece of data or a lot of small pieces of data? I find that due to the interconnected nature of the internet and the accessibility of open data (defined as Data that is accessible by anyone and anytime without any costs or significant barriers), we are really living in a world of "Abundant Data". Some say "Interconnected Data" which also is sort of misleading. Like the lessons learned from the old saying "You can't get there from here", I am tempted to say that all data I can connect to is potentially "connectable" data since I can make the connection. And yes, that is a VFLAD!
So ends my rant, as mild as they come. This blogger has better things to put energy into that trying to change people's behavior into using meaningful and well thought out terms.