Scientific research has reaped the rewards offered by big data technologies. New insights have been discovered in a wide range of disciplines thanks to the collection, analysis and visualization of large data sets. In a recent series of articles, insideBigData examined some of the noteworthy benefits researchers are realizing when adopting big data technologies.

The results of big data adoption have been impressive. Just a few examples of how big data is being employed across a variety of disciplines include:

  • Health sciences – Data around genes, proteins, small molecules and other important indicators can now be stored in single repositories. This data can then be shared with researchers around the world.
  • Neurosciences – The activities of neurons in the human brain are currently being mapped. Researchers hope to discover not only how the brain functions and develops, but also new ways to treat disease and trauma.
  • Climate sciences – Massive amounts of information about climate and weather are now being collected and analyzed. Climate and environmental scientists are gaining heretofore unimaginable insights into everything from warming oceans to severe weather.

Data has afforded researchers tremendous opportunities. Researchers are collaborating across companies, disciplines and even continents in manners never before available to them. As with any rapid adoption of technology, some difficulties are to be expected. However, the benefits offered by big data far outweigh any potential issues.

Big data has already ushered in exciting scientific advancements across a myriad of disciplines. The benefits for researchers – and society – are just beginning.

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