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Encyclopedia of Big Data

  • Presents the first comprehensive encyclopedic overview of big data

  • Pulls together a comprehensive set of multi-disciplinary, cutting edge, and emerging issues

  • Encompasses relevant research-based and practice-based topics

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Table of contents (485 entries)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxiv
  2. A

    1. Advanced Analytics

      Pages 1-1
    2. Agile Data

      • Scott W. Ambler
      Pages 1-7
    3. AgInformatics

      • Andrea De Montis, Giuseppe Modica, Claudia Arcidiacono
      Pages 7-10
    4. Agriculture

      • Madeleine Johnson, Hemayet Hossain, Victor Sposito, Robert Faggian
      Pages 10-12
    5. AI

      Pages 12-12
    6. Algorithm

      • Laurie A. Schintler, Joshua Lee
      Pages 12-15
    7. Algorithmic Analysis

      Pages 15-15
    8. Algorithmic Complexity

      • Patrick Juola
      Pages 15-17
    9. American Bar Association

      • Jennifer J. Summary-Smith
      Pages 18-19
    10. American Civil Liberties Union

      • Doug Tewksbury
      Pages 19-20
    11. American Library Association

      • David Brown
      Pages 21-22
    12. Animals

      • Marcienne Martin
      Pages 22-24
    13. Anomaly Detection

      • Feras A. Batarseh
      Pages 25-27
    14. Anonymity

      • Pilar Carrera
      Pages 27-30
    15. Anonymization Techniques

      • Mick Smith, Rajeev Agrawal
      Pages 30-33
    16. Anonymous Data

      Pages 33-33
    17. Anthropology

      • Marcienne Martin
      Pages 33-37
    18. Antiquities Trade, Illicit

      • Layla Hashemi, Louise Shelley
      Pages 37-38
    19. Apple

      • R. Bruce Anderson, Kassandra Galvez
      Pages 38-42

About this book

This encyclopedia will be an essential resource for our times, reflecting the fact that we currently are living in an expanding data-driven world.  Technological advancements and other related trends are contributing to the production of an astoundingly large and exponentially increasing collection of data and information, referred to in popular vernacular as “Big Data.”  Social media and crowdsourcing platforms and various applications ― “apps” ― are producing reams of information from the instantaneous transactions and input of millions and millions of people around the globe. The Internet-of-Things (IoT), which is expected to comprise tens of billions of objects by the end of this decade, is actively sensing real-time intelligence on nearly every aspect of our lives and environment.  The Global Positioning System (GPS) and other location-aware technologies are producing data that is specific down to particular latitude and longitude coordinates and seconds of the day.  Large-scale instruments, such as the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), are collecting massive amounts of data on our planet and even distant corners of the visible universe.  Digitization is being used to convert large collections of documents from print to digital format, giving rise to large archives of unstructured data.  Innovations in technology, in the areas of Cloud and molecular computing, Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning, and Natural Language Processing (NLP), to name only a few, also are greatly expanding our capacity to store, manage, and process Big Data.  In this context, the Encyclopedia of Big Data is being offered in recognition of a world that is rapidly moving from gigabytes to terabytes to petabytes and beyond.  

While indeed large data sets have long been around and in use in a variety of fields, the era of Big Data in which we now live departs from the past in a number of key respects and with this departure comes a fresh set of challenges and opportunities that cut across and affect multiple sectors and disciplines, and the public at large.  With expanded analytical capacities at hand, Big Data is now being used for scientific inquiry and experimentation in nearly every (if not all) disciplines, from the social sciences to the humanities to the natural sciences, and more.  Moreover, the use of Big Data has been well established beyond the Ivory Tower.  In today’s economy, businesses simply cannot be competitive without engaging Big Data in one way or another in support of operations, management, planning, or simply basic hiring decisions.  In all levels of government, Big Data is being used to engage citizens and to guide policy making in pursuit of the interests of the public and society in general.  Moreover, the changing nature of Big Data also raises new issues and concerns related to, for example, privacy, liability, security, access, and even the veracity of the data itself.

Given the complex issues attending Big Data, there is a real need for a reference book that covers the subject from a multi-disciplinary, cross-sectoral, comprehensive, and international perspective.  The Encyclopedia of Big Data will address this need and will be the first of such reference books to do so. Featuring some 500 entries, from "Access" to "Zillow," the Encyclopedia will serve as a fundamental resource for researchers and students, for decision makers and leaders, and for business analysts and purveyors.  Developed for those in academia, industry, and government, and others with a general interest in Big Data, the encyclopedia will be aimed especially at those involved in its collection, analysis, and use.  Ultimately, the Encyclopedia of Big Data will provide a common platform and language covering the breadth and depth of the topic for different segments, sectors, and disciplines. 


  • Big Data
  • Data Science
  • Massive Data
  • Data Analysis
  • Database Management
  • Data Mining
  • Big Data Research and Development (R&D)
  • Artificial Intelligence

Editors and Affiliations

  • George Mason University, Fairfax, USA

    Laurie A. Schintler, Connie L. McNeely

About the editors

Laurie A. Schintler is an Associate Professor in the School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs at George Mason University. Dr. Schintler received her Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and is a well-known computational social scientist and expert in the areas of “Big Data,” network analysis, geospatial analysis, science and technology, health and medicine, transportation, and regional science. Dr. Schintler has over 70 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and technical reports, as well as a co-edited book entitled New Advances in Transportation and Telecommunications Modeling: Cross-Atlantic Perspectives (2005), and numerous blog posts, invited presentations, and media appearances.  She is also the recipient of a patent for “System and method for analyzing the structure of logical networks” (USPTO: 20100306372, July 2010; S. Gorman, R. Kulkarni, L. Schintler, and R. Stough).  Dr. Schintler has been a Principal or Co-Principal Investigator on a number of grants from various sponsors, including the United States Department of Transportation, National Institutes of Health, Department of Homeland Security, and National Park Service, among others. She is currently an Associate Director of the Center for Study of International Medical Practices and Policies and Director of the Transportation, Policy, Operations, and Logistics Masters program at George Mason University. She teaches courses in advanced analytical methods and Big Data. Laurie Schintler is also a co-founder of the company Fortiusone (Geoiq), a geospatial data intelligence company (acquired by ESRI, Inc.). 

Connie L. McNeely received her Ph.D. from Stanford University in the field of Sociology and is currently Professor in the School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs at George Mason University, where she also serves as Co-Director of the Center for Science and Technology Policy.  Dr. McNeely’s teaching and research address various aspects of science, technology, and innovation, organizational behavior, globalization, public policy, law and governance, social theory, and culture.  She also is Principal Investigator on major research projects examining national and international scientific networks and policy impacts on diversity in the science and technology workforce, and has received recognition for her work emphasizing complex data analytics, systems mapping, and model construction.  Her recent work has included research in the areas of “Big Data” and data science, education, culture and innovation, and health and medical policy, with ongoing projects examining cultural and institutional dynamics and broader matters of inequality and polity participation.  Moreover, in addition to new and forthcoming articles in major journals on “Big Data” and the organization of related symposia, she has been an invited speaker and participant in various workshops and conferences on the topic, and has prepared reports for public and private entities on computational scientists and exascale computing activities.  She also leads a Research Group on Global Innovation in Science and Technology.  Dr. McNeely has numerous publications and is active in several professional associations, serves as a reviewer and evaluator in a variety of programs and venues, and sits on several advisory boards and committees.

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