Big Data's Mass Appeal: A Special Report

The Humanities Go Google

New tools like the search engine's digital library could bring sweeping changes in how people "read" and study history and literature.

The Rise of Crowd Science

Led by astronomers, scientists are breaking free from the "lone discoverer" model and teaming up to analyze the onslaught of data.

Remaking the Humanities

  • The Spoken Word, Searchable for Scholarship

    Linguists at the Universities of Oxford and of Pennsylvania are using new technology to analyze 9,000 hours of recorded speech.

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    Scholars Scale Up Music Studies

    By gathering about 23,000 hours of digitized music into a framework for analysis, researchers hope to discover large-scale patterns.

Crowdsourcing Science

  • 'Crowd Tracking' the Gulf Oil Spill

    The Visualization Center at San Diego State University is using aerial photos and pictures from smartphones to create a map of oil damage to the gulf coast.

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    Crowdsourcing, a Honey of an Idea

    When a biologist at San Francisco State started the Great Sunflower Project, to study honeybees, the effort quickly took wing.

Big Data: What Experts Are Saying

The Chronicle asked some leading scholars to comment on how "big data" will change the humanities and the sciences. Read their responses—and share your own thoughts:

Crunching Words In Great Number

"The time is long overdue for literary scholars to start working collaboratively," says David Damrosch of Harvard University.

The Growth of 'Citizen Science'

"We may need to rename the 'data deluge,'" says Carol Minton Morris of DuraSpace. "How does 'data renaissance' sound?"