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Oct 15

Big data 4 education

By Michaela Garberg

It has been argued by, for example, Schuurman[1] that information technologies and social media are transforming the way we learn and how our brains process knowledge.

Whatever one may think of such claims it seems evident that ICTs possess a great potential when applied within the areas of teaching and learning. Continue reading →


27
Oct 15

Cell Phone Tracking for Big Data: An invasion of privacy, or an essential tool?

By Kelley Johnson

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Data collected by local citizens on the ground in places that might be inaccessible to the people who usually collect this data due to conflict, natural disasters or geographic distance has become more common in recent years thanks to the prevalence of cell phones and various information channels[1]. This boon to data collection can help governments, policy makers and NGOs in ways that traditionally-collected data often fell short. Continue reading →


26
Oct 15

BIG DATA and the GDELT project

By Gianni Giosue

Screen Shot 2015-10-26 at 20.00.20This website will take you directly to the genesis of the GDELT project which came to light “from a desire to better understand global human society and especially the connection between communicative discourse and physical societal-scale behaviour.” So far so good!

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25
Oct 15

#2: Big Data

By Krystle van Hoof

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Big Data is one of those buzzwords that everyone seems to be using but no one can clearly define. While I believe it’s always preferable to be clear, the lack of clarity around what is or is not big data is not necessarily a bad thing.

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