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Big Data Can… Lecture Series

What are Big Data? How do they affect you; the decisions you make; the services you receive; and the environment that you live in? In Autumn 2017 the Business and Local Government Data Research Centre (BLG) held a free lecture series at the University of Kent. The sessions were attended by general public, private and public sector employees, university staff and students. Experts from the public and private sectors, and the world of academia explored what Big Data can do to enhance the environment, evolve business, and empower society!

You can catch up on the series now by viewing the videos and speaker presentations below.

Big Data Can… Enhance the Environment

Date:  Thursday 28 September
Time: 5.30pm – 7pm
Venue: Darwin Conference Suite, University of Kent, Canterbury Campus

Big Data are playing a large part in the areas of green infrastructure; agriculture; waste management; renewable energy; amongst others, and much work is being done in these areas.

Andrew Lovett, Professor of Environment Sciences at the University of East Anglia, and lead on the mapping public access to green infrastructure research stream at BLG, lead this session and was joined by:
• Mike Rose, WorkSmart programme lead at Defra
• Andrew Gadd, Company Manager at Footprint Services
• Jo Judge, Chief Executive Officer at National Biodiversity Network

Catch up on the discussion by watching the video below or click here.

 

Big Data Can… Evolve Business

Date:  Thursday 19 October
Time: 5.30pm – 7pm
Venue: Dockyard Church, University of Kent, Medway Campus

Big Data are mapping the road to future business success through improved marketing, risk forecasting, smoother and more streamlined processes and procedures; and increased product offerings.

Jerry Coakley, Professor of Finance at Essex Business School, and deputy Director and co-lead on the local economic growth stream at BLG, lead this session and was joined by other experts in this field to discuss their views and experiences on the ways that Big Data can evolve business.

This event took place on Thursday 19 October. The speaker presentations are available to download.

 

Big Data Can… Empower Society

Date: Tuesday 7 November
Time: 5.30pm – 7pm
Venue: Darwin Conference Suite, University of Kent, Canterbury Campus

Extensive work is being carried out by researchers, local authorities, and private sector organisations to make better use of data to improve our day to day lives. Areas being transformed by Big Data include education; healthcare; social care; public sector services, amongst others.

This event was part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science 2017.

Professor Julien Forder, Director and Professor of Economics of Social Policy at the University of Kent, and co-lead on the supporting vulnerable people research stream at BLG, lead this session and was joined by Abraham George, Consultant in Public Health at Kent County Council

Catch up on the discussion by watching the video below or click here. You can also download the presentations.