The Era of Data!!

Africa Data School
4 min readMay 31, 2020


“There’s a digital revolution taking place both in and out of government in favor of open-sourced data, innovation, and collaboration.”- Kathleen Sebelius

What is data? The era of data is here, a transformation of a dawning revolution.

Did you know, according to the 6th report by DOMO “Over 2.5 Quintilian bytes of data, are created every single day, and it’s only going to grow from there? By 2020, it’s estimated that 1.7MB of data will be created every second for every person on earth.”

Today we take a look at this ocean of data with all the kinds of fish. It is an ocean with sea monsters and the best fish that will save lives and are food for humans. Data is a double-edged sword that cuts in both directions. We look at data and how it shall help in solving problems affecting humankind.

What is data?

Remember when you did computer class, we’re given a description that data is processed information that is the short description of what data is. Data is the representation of facts, concepts, or instructions in a formalized manner, which should be suitable for communication, interpretation, or processing by a human or electronic machine.

Data is an essential resource in the current era data is the new oil. With data, problems that have affected the human race can be solved from climate change to chronic diseases. Due to the vast amounts of data created every day. A career in this field is a jackpot from the software used and the hardware.

Data and medicine

It is all in the data

Medicine is a huge sector and a very crucial in the case that without such a department the mortality rate is high. With data we are able to create a better health profile and a predictive model that enable in the diagnosis and disease treatment. Trends of diseases are analyzed with provision of data this is an important aspect in that understanding the behavior of a bacterium or a virus is a step towards the cure. Without data in this sector it is a disaster that can have a unimaginable results.

Data and the Environment

The Environment is my home. As time passes the environment is becoming an endangered ‘species’ with increase in the human population, pollution, deforestation have increased leading to the greenhouse effect a factor causing climate change.

Temperature change in the world in the last 50 years Source: NASA.

Data analysis show that with the climate change the world experiences natural disasters such as flooding wild fires increased temperatures. with this the environment is at a risk. viable prediction from data analysis show the need to conserve the environment and prevent the extinction of our home.

With data a new hope is seen.

Data and communication

Communication is a major source of data and it is dependent on data. it is evident that communication is driven by data without data no communication takes place. Data has led to the growth of media companies, social media, the internet just to mention, this baptizes data the new oil. data enables communication between people. in an era where data serves as an employer we are led to depend on data and utilize it to our benefit.

Data and Education

it was once said that “If we study learning as a data science, we can reverse engineer the human brain and tailor learning techniques to maximize the chances of student success. This is the biggest revolution that could happen in education, turning it into a data-driven science, and not such a medieval set of rumors professors tend to carry on.” Sebastian Thrun

The education sector is data driven and is highly dependent on data. it is impractical to learn without data. one can have data without information but no information is available without data.

Data and career

Data analytics, Data mining, Data science are some of the careers that data offers, having data related skills in the current society is an advantage since data is an emerging technology.

Data and entertainment

  • Insights into Customer Churn
  • Predictions on the Audience Interests
  • Data is enables media companies to create new revenue sources.

The ability to create a content that an audience appreciates is a huge task. With bigdata using models one has the ability to review the content, music, movies that has a high rating and by using the data a better quality is created.

example is the analysis of previous works of music certain words, beats and keynotes in top performing songs.By following the trends in the society and analysis of songs it enables music production companies to create a kind of music that will not only be a top performing hit but also the audience will love the music.


“We are moving slowly into an era where big data is the starting point, not the end.” — Pearl Zhu,

With the above review, we can see Data is essential and slowly becoming part of our lives. It is becoming the ultimate drive in all sectors bringing revolutions in all sectors. Data is a weapon that can applied to transform and better society. We can solve problems, cure diseases, promote peace, and much more. Data is the much-awaited transformation that the world needs.

Data is a career that keeps you on edge to learn to discover and solve problems. As observed, it is all in the Data we have.

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