Have you heard the term ‘big data’ and want to understand what it means? Are you considering taking a data-intensive approach to your research? Would you like to understand how big data techniques are enabling new modes of research at unprecedented scale?
This foundational course caters for students across a range of research areas, demonstrating the prospects and challenges of big data in research. Topics such as data capture, cleaning, integration and analysis are covered using slide-based material, combined with case-studies and comprehension questions.
The three distinguishing characteristics of big data: volume, velocity and variety
Common sources of big data and how these are changing the nature of research
Understanding the data-driven research workflow, tools and techniques
The range of skills required in big data projects, and support services available at your institution