The Britt Series focused on big data for the 2012–13 academic year because the amount of information in the world is growing at an unprecedented pace. This ever-widening flow of data is the byproduct of a digital, networked economy. New types of information and new combinations of data sets are yielding new insights. This “big data” is changing how technology can serve consumers and enterprises. The following summary highlights the unique perspectives offered by Britt Series speakers who are at the forefront of working with big data and, as such, in developing new ways to examine and interact with our world.