Colloquium: “Implications of Big Data in the Academic Context” – Wednesday Oct. 16, 2019 at 3 PM

Dr. Malcolm Chisholm
Chief Innovation Officer
First San Francisco Partners
Oakland, CA
George P. Williams, Jr. Lecture Hall, (Olin 101)
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, at 3:00 PM

There will be a reception in the Olin Lounge at approximately 4 PM following the colloquium. All interested persons are cordially invited to attend.


“Big Data” is a term that emerged in the early 2000’s to describe both datasets at a very large scale and a set of technologies that could manage these datasets. Since the emergence of Big Data its significance has grown and seems set to expand with anticipated future technological advances. This presentation explores the significance of Big Data in the general academic context, principally why it should matter to both students and researchers. With respect to students, the economic shifts that have occurred due to Big Data in the past 10 years need to be understood if students are to quickly take their place in the workforce without the need for extensive additional training. For researchers, the promise of Big Data must be balanced with the need for sound methodological approaches that may mean extensions of the scientific method that have not be relevant in the past. The presentation will focus on:

· What Big Data is and how it differs to traditional types of data and related technologies

· How the private sector and government have responded to the emergence of Big Data, and how this may affect students’ employment prospects

· The opportunities for research provided by Big Data, along with the increased requirements for data governance, metadata management

· Challenges that have resulted from the widespread adoption of Big Data

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