Big Data: source data as a tradeable commodity
Cocoa has been studied by Economists, from the early use as a currency in pre-Colombian America, then an energy drink used by Spanish explorers, brought back to Europe and enjoyed as a precious drink from XVIth to XVIIIth century, then mixed with milk in a Swiss process from XIXth century.
Minerals extracted through mining give a good analogy for data coming from sensors. By the way the Schlumberger brothers were forerunners in exploratory big data targeting mineral resources.
The data quality, the authenticity of the source, the availability of data, are common features with raw minerals.
What can we learn from Commodity Industries and Commodity Trading? Extraction costs? Mechanisms determining their value?