Let’s dive into some examples:
- Everytime a Facebook Like button is clicked, data is being recorded (i.e stored in a database). The date, user account that’s done the clicking, the actual piece of content that was liked, etc.
- Everytime a Wikipedia page is authored or updated there’s data being logged to account for the edit
- How about a technology like 23andMe. Each time they run a DNA test they’re producing and recording data to inform you of your ancestry and genetic health risks
- Blackboard, which is geared towards helping schools connect teachers, students and parents. The sharing of grades, uploading of homework, and messages sent all produce data
- The United States Census and the surveys they conduct to help inform us on things such as population growth. Each completed survey is a recording of data
There are countless examples we could share, but hopefully through these five the intersection of data and technology is becoming evident.