Background: There is a tremendous growth in the volume of available data, creating the “Big Data” trend. Industries such as IT, retail and transportation can present a number of examples of successful applications of Big Data. Usability has traditionally been analysed by qualitative research methods, and Big Data gives an opportunity to add quantitative data in such evaluations.
Approach: The study is based on literature research and interviews with 15 professionals in IT facilities management and government agencies. We discuss potential data that can be used for usability evaluations of buildings.
Practical Implications: Our conclusion is that there are major advantages in using Big data, increasing the opportunities for the evaluator to find indicators that are relevant to the building being evaluated. Use of Big Data can serve as a step towards a stronger technology focus in usability evaluations of buildings, and thus support innovation in building design and facilities management.
Research limitations: The research is mainly done in a Norwegian context.
Originality: We have found few previous studies that explicitly link Big Data and evaluation.