During the rise of the term “big data” there has been a lot of different definitions around trying to shortly express what this very popular term really is about. A lot of these definitions has included a sentiment about that big data is not (only) about size. The tree V’s being Volume, Variety and Velocity has been very popular. A fourth V being Veracity has been added, though this hardly isn’t a definition of big data but rather a desirable capability of big (and any other) data.
The Oxford English Dictionary has now included big data in this authoritative explanation of English words and terms, and big data is:
It’s interesting that the challenges that make data big are not about analyzing the data. It is about data manipulation and data management. These are by the way things you do to achieve veracity.