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Big Data and Industrial Ecology

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April 2015

Many have witnessed the increasing popularity of “big data” in the past couple of years. Indeed, big data has been transforming how business is done in many industries. For example, online advertisements are increasingly customized for individual consumers based on their purchase history. Big data has also instigated many new areas of investigation, mostly in fields such as computer sciences and statistics. There are many areas in industrial ecology (IE) that can potentially benefit from big data. In this article, we try to explore what big data could bring to IE.

Research Areas
Energy Systems
big data, collaborative data sharing, complexity, industrial ecology, information and communications technology (ICT), input-output analysis (IOA)
Publication Type
Journal Article
Digital Object Identifier
doi: 10.1111/jiec.12241
Full Citation
Xu, Ming; Hua Cai, Sai Liang. (2015) “Big data and industrial ecology.” Journal of Industrial Ecology. 19(2): 205–210.