Big and Small Web Data [B4]

Andreas Weigend, Head of the Social Data Lab at Stanford and the former Chief Scientist at Amazon, recently said that “Data is the new oil“. Google, Facebook and friends certainly seem to be trying to get their hands on as much of your data as they can. However for data to be as significant as oil you need the capacity to turn that raw data into something useful.

The explosion in digital data created and increasing requirements to be open with the data we have often leaves us in a quandary about what we should be doing.

This workshop session takes a look at big and small data, and more importantly, big and small ‘web’ data, and helps you as web people to be pro-active when dealing with it. Key concepts of data management will be introduced and we will look at some of the challenges in this area. The break out groups will help you identify what data you are working with, or could be working with. The demo session will suggest tools that could make your life a lot easier.

Come along to the workshop to help your institution ‘deal with the data deluge’ and ‘turn data to your advantage’.

This session has the following draft structure:

  1. Presentation: What is data anyway? Looking at current data trends and what it has to do with Web managers.
  2. Break out groups: What data do you deal with? Anything goes from personnel data to Key Information Sets and Web statistics.
  3. Demo: Tools that help with data (mining, citation, visualisation, analytics)
  4. Presentation: Case study – data use in an HE institution.
  5. Discussion and ‘buzzword bingo’.

Facilitator: Marieke Guy