Data capture, it has to be said, can come across as something of a turn-off. There aren’t many people who are excited by word clouds, data visualisations and statistics, even if they do have practical applications in everything from healthcare to business to non-profit organisations. Just mention the words ‘big data’ over a romantic dinner and you’ll be booking a taxi for one before dessert is finished, but data capture is far from boring. In fact, it’s changing the world. Could the next few years see big data assume a dominant role in the consciousness of millions? We certainly think so…
It’s changing the way we shop
It may seem trivial to talk about shopping in the same breath as changing the world, but commerce and capitalism is something that the vast majority of us participate in on a daily basis. The old-fashioned high street transactions of yesteryear are departing in favour of online shopping and ecommerce, processes that are deemed both more efficient and more user-friendly than those that preceded them. Today, your favourite websites can recommend products, services and retailers to you with an unerring degree of accuracy; this is big data capture in action. How else do you suppose Amazon.com knows exactly what you might be interested in every time you log on?
It’s changing the way we distribute aid
Big data isn’t just about helping ourselves, however. It can also be used to help others more effectively, and the world’s top charities and aid organisations are employing big data to help redistribute resources more effectively. Natural disasters and other forms of humanitarian crises can be tracked and modelled with unparalleled accuracy thanks to big data, so those in a position to help know where to send their resources where they can do the most fundamental good. That way, more lives are saved and vulnerable people reached when they most need assistance.
It’s changing the way we fight disease
The healthcare sector is one of the world’s most significant beneficiaries of data capture and research. Dated healthcare practices are now being digitised for the sake of greater efficiency, accuracy and cost-effectiveness, while diseases are being battled with the practical application of the latest data capture technologies. Using big data, we can track disease vectors to model where and how epidemics might spread in future, while data research is being undertaken into issues such as antibiotic resistant bacteria to ensure that such problems occur with less frequency in future.
It’s changing the way we develop technology
Technological development has come on in leaps and bounds since the advent of big data and automated data capture processes. Have you ever seen the image of the snake swallowing its own tail? Data and technology has developed a similar relationship, where greater quantities of accurate data leads to more effective technologies, and vice versa. This relationship has led to such ground-breaking technological developments as cloud computing and 3D printing.
It’s changing the way we use resources
The depletion of the world’s resources is one of the greatest threats facing humanity today. Population growth is at an all-time high, and there are fears that natural resources such as crude oil, agricultural crops, clean water and even physical space will prove insufficient to cater to us all. Automated data capture solutions are being employed across the world to monitor the rate of resource depletion, to oversee the efficiency of our current relationship with finite resources and to explore alternative solutions down the line. If there are answers to be found, rest assured that big data will help us to find them.
Here at Document Capture Co we are wholly confident in the mighty potential of big data and automated data capture services, and we’ve devoted our working lives to providing the most accurate data solutions available anywhere in the UK. If you believe that big data has the power to change the world too, why not contact us to find out how we can employ it to help you this year?