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NIST Big Data Interoperability Framework: Volume 3, Use Cases and General Requirements



Wo L. Chang, Geoffrey Fox, NBD-PWG NIST Big Data Public Working Group


Big Data is a term used to describe the large amount of data in the networked, digitized, sensor-laden, information-driven world. While opportunities exist with Big Data, the data can overwhelm traditional technical approaches and the growth of data is outpacing scientific and technological advances in data analytics. To advance progress in Big Data, the NIST Big Data Public Working Group (NBD-PWG) is working to develop consensus on important, fundamental concepts related to Big Data. The results are reported in the NIST Big Data Interoperability Framework series of volumes. This volume, Volume 3, contains the 51 use cases gathered by the NBD-PWG Use Cases and Requirements Subgroup and the requirements generated from those use cases. The use cases are presented in their original and summarized form. Requirements, or challenges, were extracted from each use case, and then summarized over all of the use cases. These generalized requirements were used in the development of the NIST Big Data Reference Architecture (NBDRA), which is presented in Volume 6.
Special Publication (NIST SP) - 1500-3
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Big Data, data science, reference architecture, System Orchestrator, Data Provider, Big Data Application Provider, Big Data Framework Provider, Data Consumer, Security and Privacy Fabric, Management Fabric, Big Data taxonomy, use cases, Big Data characteristics


Chang, W. , Fox, G. and NIST, N. (2015), NIST Big Data Interoperability Framework: Volume 3, Use Cases and General Requirements, Special Publication (NIST SP), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed April 16, 2024)
Created October 22, 2015, Updated January 27, 2020