How Using Big Data Can Tell Personalized Stories
Big Data is a game changer for storytelling. Increased pressure to find meaning in mounds of data—in real-time and at scale—has given rise to technology that analyzes and turns individual data points into bite-sized prose and, in some cases, fascinating personal stories. Too often, the data we pull is cold, factual, and dehumanized. We can bring the humanity back into the bite-sized stories we tell with data by seeking out, understanding, and incorporating the inherent narratives within it. The Spanish Influenza killed more than 20 million people worldwide, BUT what is the story of patient zero? Imagine instantly weaving together a history about this man’s life and his family's journey to the U.S. through technology that mines historical data kept in records. All of this leading up to the day he spread influenza to over 100 men. Join this thought-provoking session around using context to bring depth and meaning to massive amounts of data and, in turn, stories presented to end users.
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- Eric Shoup, Executive Vice President of Product, Ancestry.com
Melissa Garrett, Public Relations Specialist, Ancestry.com
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