In a day where some people think of Big Data is used by large companies to mine customer buying habits and figure out how to market them better, there are other folks using Big Data in other ways.
A great example is this article http://bit.ly/1VTcPeo from Ben Wellington. He took parking ticket data and joined it up with Google Street View to show lots of these tickets were given out illegally. The person getting the ticket was actually parked LEGALLY.
Providing this level of data to anyone that wants to analyze it is a great thing. With the new tools to capture and analyze large data sets now available (mostly for free), we will continue to see articles like this in the future.