The concept of Big Data is not some new-fangled alien idea that rose spontaneously only recently. It’s just part of a journey that has been going on since the first humans scratched their art on cave walls, trying to record their own experiences and memories for posterity and future use. Join us as we explore the history of mankind’s experience with data.
Early hunter-gatherer societies formulate the basic concepts of mathematics, as evidenced by the Ishango Bone artifact.
Cuneiform writing is developed in Mesopotamia
One of the first censuses recorded is carried out in Egypt.
The Gutenberg Bible is printed, heralding the start of the Printing Revolution, where the spread of the printing press facilitated the wide circulation of ideas and information.
Gottfried Achenwall designates the analysis of data about the state as Statistik in his native German, hence the stat- etymology of the word. Later, this definition will encompass all analysis and collection of data, rather than simply data about the state.
Melvil Dewey invents the Dewey Decimal System for classifying the world’s knowledge
The AC Nielsen Company creates a “retail index” for tracking the flow of food and drug purchases
Alan Turing shows that any reasonable computation can be performed by programming a fixed universal machine.
IBM introduces the hard disk drive as data storage for its real-time transaction processing computer.
The use of data-driven methods and computational algorithms like risk modeling, Monte Carlo simulations, and manufacturing resource planning increases – and with it, the rise of data warehouses.
Jerry Yang and David Filo create a hierarchical directory of the web as students in Stanford University.
Google is founded
Advanced data gathering/analysis mechanisms are developed, using the enormous amount of data generated by the digital revolution and the coming of age of the Digital Native.
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