Big Data

The so called Big Data becomes more and more an important meaning in our modern world and of course also in terms of research in the field of history. The British historian David Armitage[i] says: “We live in an age where big data seem to suggest that we are locked into our history, our path dependent on larger structures that arrived before we did.” IBM, the International Business Machines Corporation an American multinational technology and consulting corporation, describes that big data is being generated by everything around us at all times. Every social media and of course every digital process and exchange produces it.[ii] The research and advisory firm Gartner, Inc.[iii] describes it as: ”high-volume, high-velocity and/or high-variety information assets that demand cost-effective, innovative forms of information processing that enable enhanced insight, decision making, and process automation.”


[i]Guldi, Jo; Armitage, David, The History Manifesto. URL: (page consulted 29.02.2016)

[ii] IBM Webpage URL: (page consulted 29.02.2016)

[iii] Gartner Webpage URL: (page consulted 29.02.2016)

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