In the first edition of our free Big Data Now anthology, the O’Reilly team tracked the birth and early development of data tools and data science. Now, with the second edition, we’re seeing what happens when big data grows up: how it’s being applied, where it’s playing a role, and the consequences — good and bad alike — of data’s ascendance.
We’ve organized the 2012 edition of Big Data Now into five areas:
Getting Up to Speed With Big Data — Essential information on the structures and definitions of big data.
Big Data Tools, Techniques, and Strategies — Expert guidance for turning big data theories into big data products.
The Application of Big Data — Examples of big data in action, including a look at the downside of data.
What to Watch for in Big Data — Thoughts on how big data will evolve and the role it will play across industries and domains.
Big Data and Health Care — A special section exploring the possibilities that arise when data and health care come together.
You can download free editions of Big Data Now 2012 in PDF, Mobi and EPUB formats here. The 2011 edition is also available.