With the focus of this issue of Sight and Life being on technology and entrepreneurship, it is appropriate to give some consideration here to the potential that the phenomenon of Big Data might have for the nutrition community. This issue carries a fascinating contribution from Robert Alexander Hoekman of 510 Global on the role that Big Data can play in helping address humanitarian crises . Big Data and humanitarian assistance are not usually brought together in the same sentence, but Hoekman’s article shows what highly practical
benefits can be derived from the systematic management of large data sets. It may be that Big Data in fact has much more to offer, and that future approaches to nutrition should look on Big Data not merely as a tool with interesting possibilities but as a strategic enabler.
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