Our initiative aims to progressively become a common reference for those interested in new ideas connecting big data and of human development. We are not, however, the first who have critically examined this new and fast growing space. The UN’s Global Pulse has offered opportunities to test and evaluate new ways to apply big data to development challenges, think thanks have been created emphasizing the need of a people-centered use of big data, and some of our colleagues have offered precious insights into the opportunities and contradictions of the big-data revolution (see below).

This space is meant to collect and organize ongoing research and publications on big data and human development. We are particularly interested in perspectives from the Global South and in these initial phases we welcome academics, researchers, and journalists to send us their research or suggest other people’s research to be added to our list.

Bellagio Big Data Workshop Participants. (2014). “Big data and positive social change in the developing world: A white paper for practitioners and researchers.” Oxford: Oxford Internet Institute. Available online: http://www.rockefellerfoundation.org/uploads/files/c220f1f3-2e9a-4fc6-be6c-45d42849b897-big-data-and.pdf

Boyd, D., & Crawford, K. (2012). Critical questions for big data: Provocations for a cultural, technological, and scholarly phenomenonInformation, communication & society15(5), 662-679.

Crampton, J. W., M. Graham, A. Poorthuis, T. Shelton, M. Stephens, M. W. Wilson, and M. Zook. 2013.Beyond the Geotag: Situating ‘big data’ and leveraging the potential of the geoweb.Cartography and Geographic Information Science. 40(2): 130-139.

Graham, M and De Sabbata, S. 2015 Mapping Information Wealth and Poverty: The Geography of Gazetteers.Environment and Planning A 47(6). 1254-1264. (pre-publication version here).

Graham, M. and Shelton, T. 2013. Geography and the Future of Big Data; Big Data and the Future of Geography. Dialogues in Human Geography 3(3) 255-261. (pre-publication version here)

Graham, M. 2012. Big data and the end of theory? The Guardian Mar 9, 2012.

Letouzé, E. (2012) Big Data for Development: Challenges & Opportunities. UN Global Pulse

Letouzé, E., & Jütting, J. (2015). Official Statistics, Big Data, and Human Development.

Schroeder, R. (2014). Big Data: towards a more scientific social science and humanities. Society and the Internet, 164-176.

Schroeder, R. (2014). Big Data and the brave new world of social media researchBig Data & Society1(2), 2053951714563194.

Shelton, T., Poorthuis, A., Graham, M,. and Zook, M. 2014. Mapping the Data Shadows of Hurricana Sandy: Uncovering the Sociospatial Dimensions of ‘Big Data’.Geoforum 52. 167-179. (open pre-publication version here).

Taylor, L., Schroeder, R., & Meyer, E. (2014). Emerging practices and perspectives on Big Data analysis in economics: Bigger and better or more of the same?.Big Data & Society1(2), 2053951714536877.

Taylor, L., & Schroeder, R. (2014). Is bigger better? The emergence of big data as a tool for international development policyGeoJournal, 1-16.

Tufekci, Z. (2015). Algorithmic Harms beyond Facebook and Google: Emergent Challenges of Computational AgencyJ. on Telecomm. & High Tech. L.13, 203.

Whipley, K., Verity, A. (2015) Guidance for Incorporating Big Data into Humanitarian OperationsUN-OCHA