Some practical and ethical challenges raised by Big Data

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‘Big Data’ is a term that has been coined to describe the very large datasets that may be accrued through the use of modern computers. The collection and analysis of this big data1, and its presentation to others, raise a number of important questions, notably ethical questions, which impinge on the lives of citizens. The Churches, not least through their engagement with scholarship in the area of science and religion, are uniquely placed both to raise these questions, and to engage with data scientists in addressing them.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEmbracing the Ivory Tower and Stained Glass Window
Subtitle of host publicationA Festschrift in Honor of Archbishop Anje Jackelén
EditorsJennifer Baldwin
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9783319239446
ISBN (Print)9783319239422, 9783319795591
Publication statusPublished - 29 Dec 2015

Publication series

NameIssues in Science and Religion: Publications of the European Society for the Study of Science and Theology (ESSSAT)
ISSN (Print)2364-5717


  • Big Data
  • data scientist
  • hermeneutics
  • ethics
  • interpretation
  • science and religion


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