Across virtually every discipline, the world today is swimming in data. Its value, however, doesn’t lie in the data itself but in what people do with it―in its interpretation. Surprisingly, this has always been the case, but the fact is so rarely emphasized that many people think of it as a modern challenge.
Consider the skies above us. The sun, moon, stars, and planets have circled overhead since long before humans evolved. And once people appeared on the scene, the relevant orbits were there for everyone to see, in what may be the most democratic data set that ever existed, to which nob