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The value of data

How can we manage and capitalise on the growing amounts of data that today’s connected cities, devices and people are producing?

Data is the fabric of the modern world: just like we walk down pavements, so we trace routes through data, and build knowledge and products out of it.

Dr Ben Goldacre OBE
Chair of the NHS HealthTech Advisory Board

Infographics: in our Future of Surveying consultation, you told us...

79% of enterprise executives agree that companies that do not embrace Big Data will lose their competitive position and could face extinction.


Sarah Jeong
Sarah Jeong, author of The Internet of Garbage

Artificial intelligence is just a new tool, one that can be used for good and for bad purposes and one that comes with new dangers and downsides. Although machine learning has huge potential, data sets with ingrained biases will produce biased results – garbage in, garbage out.

Sarah Jeong
The Internet of Garbage

Commuters in Japan
Better connected? How we use data is crucial: "I am disturbed by how states abuse laws on internet access" – Ban Ki-Moon, former UN Secretary General

90% of the data in the world has been created in the last two years, and it is projected to increase by 40% annually.

Big Data for Sustainable Development
United Nations

Jacques Élisée Reclus
Jacques Élisée Reclus

All planning must start from surveying and the collection of data. The difference today is that we have access to a staggering amount of robust, real-time data.

Jacques Élisée Reclus
19th century French geographer and anarchist

Paris at night from the sky
Paris at night: in our 24/7 cities we consume, produce and share huge amounts of data, day and night