The growth of bioinformatics papers that mention 'big data'

I very much enjoyed Stephen Turner's recent blog post There is no Such Thing as Biomedical "Big Data" and I agree with his central point that a lot of the talk about 'big data' is not really what others would consider 'big'. Out of curiosity, I had a quick dive into Google Scholar to see just how popular this particular cliche is becoming. My search term was "big data" biology|genomics|bioinformatics.

 Growth of bioinformatics papers on Google Scholar that mention "big data".

Growth of bioinformatics papers on Google Scholar that mention "big data".

Clearly, this term is on the rise and might become as much of an annoyance as another phrase I loathe: next generation sequencing. A phrase that has been used to describe everything from 25 bp reads from early Solexa technology (circa 2005) to PacBio subreads that can exceed 25,000 bp.