Big Data Collaboration Raises Big Questions, Big Opportunities
April 14, 2017
Ever wonder how big data affects your life? Do you think about how your personal data is used to track your online habits, or how health workers predict disease outbreaks? Who controls big data and who uses it?
Big data has become become integrated in our day-to-day lives, yet few people would claim to have the skills to talk about it and leverage those data. And it’s not yet clear what people need to know in order to succeed in a big data future that is still largely unknown. Studying big data literacy and supporting work that advances it is a goal of the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub (NEBDIH). On April 13-14, 2017 the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) held a Big Data Literacy Workshop to better articulate the education needs of the big data community, with evaluation support from NewKnowledge researchers.
At the workshop, we worked to identify the quality of regional learning resources and programs that can improve big data literacy, and to chart a path forward that will bridge practice with big data learning, education and career readiness. The workshop brought together experts from across the Northeast and beyond, and made recommendations for its trajectory over the next 5 years. We are excited for this project because it raises big questions about equity and access to information, and as well as learning real-world skills.