#Datavis and philosophy of science ( #Bigdata #Datavisualization )

“Current science is characterized by the almost exclusive use of data in digital form, with the overwhelming quantities of data referred to as the “data deluge” largely arising due to the deployment of digital tools and, techniques, and computational methods (Hey and Trefethen 2003). We have become used to talking about data in terms of hundreds of terabytes and tens of petabytes, and in all forms of research new ways of storing, retrieving, organizing and processing these huge quantities of data are in constant demand. Some see this as a new paradigm of scientific method: data-driven or data-intensive science which is re-shaping our understanding of what it means to be a scientist and to do scientific research (Hey, Tansley, and Tolle 2009). If this is so, the visual will play a crucial role in this emerging mode of conducting science as visual renderings of all forms mediate and shape scientists’ access to data. There is an irony in this. The huge quantities of digital data and the computing know-how and power to deal with them promise new insights and breakthroughs in science by sheer dint of quantification”


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Cosimo Accoto

Research Affiliate at MIT | Author "Il Mondo Ex Machina" (Egea) | Philosopher-in-Residence | Business Innovation Advisor | www.cosimoaccoto.com

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