The Proliferation of Data

January 6, 2010 by Emsi Burning Glass

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This doesn’t directly relate to labor market data, but here’s an enlightening article from Josh-Jones Dilworth on Mashable about the widespread use of data in almost every realm you could imagine. The piece refers to “data democratization” — numbers that once were restricted to a small group are now widely available.

Dilworth relates this democratization to the development of blogging, Twitter, and other social media outlets. “Social media, at its inception, was all about the democratization of publishing and the conversations surrounding it. Today, frictionless interaction is arguably ubiquitous, and a higher-order discipline is emerging — that of data mining, and data analysis. The democratization of data is the natural next step.”

This certainly seems like an encouraging trend. The more data people have, the better decisions they make — regardless if they are a researcher at a college, a workforce professional, or an everyday consumer.