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Small Data « Steve Coast's blog - http://stevecoast.com/2012/04/10/small-data/
"Big Data is, as Wikipedia puts it “data sets that grow so large that they become awkward to work with using on-hand database management tools.” Think every twitter post ever made or 10,000 peoples’ DNA sequences. Big data, I think, has a big brother which I’ll call Small Data. Small Data consists of data sets which are manageable using a spreadsheet yet either hard to obtain, hard to process in to meaningful results and non-obvious in how to visualize and share. I’ll get to an example soon but let’s put this in a table where I’m looking at it from the point of view that Big Data is used by a data scientist and Small Data should be usable by someone with basic spreadsheet skills." ‎- silpol