Big data is welcomed by every industry with open arms, even the elite ivory towers of academia cannot turn it away. London-based Mendeley is highlighted in a GigaOM article entitled, "Mendeley Injects Some Pace into Academia with Fast, Big Data."
Academic research is a prime candidate for technological disruption to turn the tables on some of the slow-paced processes currently in place. Mendeley may have a hand in this with their reach already extending to 1.8 million users. The site’s members have uploaded 260 million documents.
Victor Henning, Mendeley’s co-founder and CEO told GigaOM:
The biggest problem in academia is the long waiting time: it can take three to five years from the time you have done research to get it published — all the decisions you make in an academic career are based around that time lag. We’ve developed a product that’s packaged into a data dashboard and allows universities to see what’s happening right now: what are the journals they’re reading? What are they not reading?'
This kind of service and information dashboard is exactly the kind of technology we're seeing from enterprise solutions for big data such as PolySpot. Infrastructure components built to handle big data are already poised and ready to handle the same kind of load from other industries.
Megan Feil, August 13, 2012