Big data may be just another name for a new Space Age; one that gives students and teachers a chance to master the language not only of the final frontier, but the frontiers of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). DATAVERSITY brought this interesting information to our attention in their article, “The Language of Data: The Voice of a New Era of Space-Based Research.”

Students today are the professionals of tomorrow. They must master the frontiers of knowledge so that we have a workforce conversant in these issues and leaders fluent in these subjects. They can do this by gathering and interpreting data so we can make practical use of space-based research.

The data they will decode is likely to be the language of the universe. We are of course speaking of the ones and zeroes whose apparent randomness is anything but; whose analysis depends not on the skills of the few, not on the gifts of a minority of chemists and physicists – but on the abilities of students nationwide.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Data Harmony, a unit of Access Innovations, the world leader in indexing and making content findable.