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November Emerging Technologies “Unconference” Tackles “Big Data”

Emerging Technologies “Unconference” –  The Human Face of Big Data
(Presented by Mark DuBois)
Tuesday, November 19, 3 – 4 p.m.
Room 212C/D, East Peoria Campus

“The hottest tech trend of the year is Big Data.” – Forbes magazine

Every hour, we create enough Internet traffic to fill 7 billion DVDs. Side by side, that’s seven times the height of Mount Everest. 1

ICC Professor Mark DuBois will lead our book discussion of the “Human Face of Big Data” as an introduction to this topic at our November technology unconference. One of the main drivers of innovation at the end of the 20th century was the World Wide Web (WWW). Big Data is presently poised to make an even bigger impact. After the overview, we will have a discussion of the potential impact of big data on teaching and learning.

Photojournalist and author, Rick Smolan teamed with Jennifer Erwitt to publish “The Human Face of Big Data.” It captures, in glorious photographs and moving essays, an extraordinary revolution sweeping – almost invisibly – through business, academia, government, healthcare, and everyday life.

As Smolan describes it: ‘Big Data’ is a term that describes the accumulation and analysis of information. Lots of information. Oceans of information. Every time someone clicks on something on Amazon, it’s recorded and another drop is added to the ocean. Every time a scanner beeps at the supermarket checkout. Every time a home electricity meter reports a reading. Every time a parcel passes a FedEx checkpoint. Every time someone posts to Facebook, every time someone does a Google search—the ocean swells.

These data sets are so large and complex that it becomes difficult to process using current database management tools or traditional data processing applications. The challenges include capture, curation, storage, search, sharing, analysis, and visualization. As the pace of technological innovation accelerates, tools are being developed to analyze these massive stores of information.

Click here for more information on this “Unconference”: http://markdubois.me/ICCTechNov

For more information, or if you are interested in presenting at future “unconferences,” please contact Mark DuBois at [email protected] or (309) 694-8432.

1 Rick Smolan and Jennifer Erwitt: The Human Face of Big Data (New York: Against all Odds Productions, 2012)