Sources of Big Data

So where is all of this Big Data coming from? Data typically originates from one of three primary sources: the internet/social networks, traditional business systems, and increasingly from the Internet of Things. The data from these sources can be structured, semi-structured, or unstructured, or any combination of these varieties.

Social Networks

Social Networks provide human-sourced information from:

• Social Networks: Twitter and Facebook
• Blogs and comments
• Pictures: Instagram®, Flickr™, Picasa™, etc.
• Videos: YouTube
• Internet searches
• Mobile data content (text messages)
• User-generated maps
• E-Mail

Social Media Source for Big Data

Traditional Business Systems

These organizations offer customers services or products

• Commercial transactions
• Banking/stock records
• E-commerce
• Credit cards
• Medical records

Credit-Cards Source for Big Data

Internet of Things

• Sensors: traffic, weather, mobile phone location, etc.
• Security, surveillance videos, and images
• Satellite images
Data from computer systems (logs, web logs, etc.)

Internet of Things example for Big Data Tutorials

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