How big data is transforming public services – expert views

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We asked our experts how government can handle big data better and mitigate the risks of privacy breaches
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It’s a bit of a misnomer: “Ex-Guardian writer Simon Rogers once said, ‘Big data is data that is one bit too much for you to be comfortable’, and this is probably the best definition I’ve read.
“The volume of data is not irrelevant, but not as important as it sounds. More important is the ability to link diverse datasets with each other.”
– Giuseppe Sollazzo, senior systems analyst at St George’s, University of London, and member of the open data user group

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