Arab Researchers Dive into “Big Data”

The solution to a huge number of modern-day problems lies hidden in plain sight—obscured among tables of endless statistics and lines of binary zeros and ones. From the promise of better health care to the chance to wipe out traffic jams, there’s a mountain of unearthed opportunity just waiting to be mined. Fortunately, a rising number of researchers in the Arab world are taking on these huge datasets in search of answers. These researchers say their mission is to exploit the potential of data for the region’s benefit, but many of them rely on data sourced from the West, which can limit the local relevance of their findings. To rectify this, some are also working to create more databases in the Arab world. “Big data is not a well defined…


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