What would you like to see Big Data do in the area of ecology?
I saw some interesting press recently about the work Google is doing via their Google Earth Outreach programs. Long story short: they’re making large geospacial datasets easy to find, create, and use; seeking ways to apply machine learning to conservation problems; and partnering with many NGOs and non-profits in the aforementioned endeavors.
It got me thinking – what more can big tech companies do to help the ecology community? Google has a logical niche in their mapping, satellites and other remote sensing, so their work makes sense. But what else could be done with emerging Big Data technology if there wasn’t a profit motive tied to it? What niches do other companies have that are not being utilized?