Is big data more than just lots and lots of data ? Is big data unstructured and not-so-big data structured? Malcolm Chisholm explored these questions in his recent Information Management column, where he posited that there are, in fact, two datas.

“One type of data,” Chisholm explained, “represents non-material entities in vast computerized ecosystems that humans create and manage. The other data consists of observations of events, which may concern material or non-material entities.”

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