23 February, 2017

Training | Statistics and Data Analysis for Management

10-14 July 2017

North Teaching Centre, University of Essex, Colchester Campus

We are delighted to be delivering a course at this year’s Essex Summer School, as part of the 50th anniversary.

23 February, 2017

Event | Chasing Impact | Using the Press and Social Media to Tackle the REF

14 March 2017

Essex Business School

This EBS Impact Academy interactive workshop poses using social media and the press as a way of demonstrating Research Impact within the Social Sciences.

21 February, 2017

Webinar | The Crowdfunding Revolution

23 March 2017, 2pm to 3pm

In this webinar Professor Jerry Coakley, will analyse the benefits and risks of debt crowdfunding for both small businesses and society, and argue that it marks the beginning of a revolution in the financing of small businesses in the UK.

17 February, 2017

The SPRINT Data Analysis Challenge

Our researchers, Elena Kulinskaya and Lisanne Gitsels, are involved in the NEJM SPRINT Data Analysis Challenge.

All entries for the challenge are now in, and we have until 28 February 2017 to cast our votes. Please support our researchers by reading their entries and casting your votes online, it is very quick and easy to do!

16 February, 2017

Event | Seminar Series | Statistics and Data Science in the Digital Age

3 March 2017

ARTS 2.01, University of East Anglia

School of Mathematics at UEA and the ESRC funded Business and Local Government Data Research Centre are delighted to introduce a new cross-faculty seminar series.

3 February, 2017

SASNet Seminar | Mortality Estimation and Forecasting With Smoothing and Overdispersion

14 March 2017

Venue: Colchester Campus, University of Essex

The ESRC Business and Local Government Data Research Centre in conjunction with SASNet invites you to participate in a free training seminar on Mortality Estimation and Forecasting With Smoothing and Overdispersion.

2 February, 2017

A review of ‘Empowering the Public Sector: Delving into data analytics’

By Ben Foster, Business Analyst at Norwich City Council

Since joining Norwich City Council as a business analyst in November 2015, the momentum behind increased data analytics and the ‘smart councils’ agenda has become more evident. Over the previous 12 months I have attended various events, including Nesta’s ‘Datavores’ agenda, which looks at ways the councils can take advantage of the vast swathes of data they hold.

1 February, 2017

Beta blockers offer best chance of increased heart attack survival

The risk of death after a heart attack is lower than previously thought, and more widespread prescription of beta blockers could further improve survival rates, according to new research.

Researchers from the Business and Local Government Data Research Centre contributed to a study which calculated the chances of survival after acute myocardial infarction (AMI) in the general population aged 60 and over in the UK.

26 January, 2017

What opportunities can Big Data offer to applied economists?

By Professor Vania Sena, Director of BLGDRC

Recently I was pleased to be invited as a keynote speaker to the SGPE conference at Crieff Hydro, Crieff, Perthshire. The SGPE is a joint collaboration between eight Scottish Universities (Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Heriot-Watt, St Andrews, Stirling and Strathclyde) to provide Masters training to students. The conference is centred on training for both MSc and PhD students and it is an exciting time to bring them altogether.

24 January, 2017

How can the analysis of existing data improve care experiences for our most vulnerable children?

By Beth Neil, Researcher at BLGDRC

In a recent article on The Conversation, Louise Mc Grath-Lone, a PhD candidate at UCL, published results from a study of children leaving the care system. With colleagues she analysed administrative data from the Department for Education and found that one-third of children re-entered care within five years of leaving it. The study examined the factors which influence the likelihood of a child re-entering the care system.

24 January, 2017

Webinar | An Introduction to Data Mining

9 March 2017, 2pm to 3pm

In this webinar Dr Beatriz De La Iglesia will provide attendees with an introductory understanding of data mining techniques, the process of knowledge discovery in databases and how business can benefit from such techniques.

20 January, 2017

Webinar | An Intermediary Understanding of SQL

22 February 2017, 2pm to 3pm

In this webinar, Richard Skeggs will provide attendees with an intermediary understanding of SQL (Structured Query Language), and will provide an understanding of how this can be used in “real-life” scenarios.

9 January, 2017

The History of Big Data (A very short version)

By Holly Shea, Project Office Administrator at BLGDRC

The assumption of many is that ‘Big Data’ is a fairly new concept. The connotations that surround the word ‘data’ often lead many of us, including myself, to assume that this a modern phenomenon. Growing up in a digital era, I believed that such information and data could not possibly exist without the software or technology to store and harness it.

5 January, 2017

ARCHIVED | SASNet Seminar | Complex Networks Approaches to Supply Chain Management

24 January 2017

Venue: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, Glasgow, G12 8QN

The Urban Big Data Centre in conjunction with SASNet invites you to participate in a free training seminar on Complex Networks Approaches to Supply Chain Management.

19 December, 2016
Facebook screen grab

The data disconnect between businesses and their consumers

By Professor Vania Sena, Director of BLGDRC

In September 2016 The Chartered Institute of Marketing published ‘Whose data is it anyway?’ a report into the use of data for marketing purposes. The most striking result to me was that 68% of consumers do not feel comfortable sharing data from their social media profile while 44% of marketers claim to collect data from social media. Also, just 8% of customers understand how and where organisations use their personal data.

13 December, 2016
Computer keyboard chained up

Big data: The privacy paradox

By Tom Howard, Project Manager at BLGDRC

There is a lot of hype about big data privacy. Equally there appear to be double standards exhibited by many of those expressing the most concerns. There is widespread concern about what global corporations and governments do with our data and whether our rights are adequately protected, and yet there is little focus on the trend in modern society to wilfully disclose seemingly everything about themselves. This is an example of the privacy paradox.

12 December, 2016
railway tracks

Will the National Productivity Investment Fund deliver local economic growth?

In this year’s Autumn Statement the Government pledged to create a National Productivity Investment Fund which will spend £23billion on innovations and infrastructure over five years. The funds will be allocated to areas that are deemed to be critical to productivity growth including transport, research, housing and digital communications. University of Essex academic Professor Vania Sena considers what this could mean for local economic growth.

6 December, 2016

ARCHIVED | Webinar | Regeneration in Coastal Communities

24 January 2017, 2pm to 3pm

In this webinar Fola Malomo will discuss the differences in economic trends between coastal areas that have performed well and coastal areas that have been less successful.

1 December, 2016

On Small Business Saturday: What could small businesses learn from data?

This Small Business Saturday businesses in Essex are being encouraged to make better use of data in a bid to become more competitive.

Small Business Saturday takes place on 3 December 2016 and is a national campaign encouraging people to support small and local businesses. In 2015 the campaign saw £623m spent at small businesses across the country.

1 December, 2016
A figure showing the estimation strategy used in the study

Using Big Data to analyse the effect of Business Support on SMEs

By Fola Malomo, Research Fellow at BLGDRC

How do we get small and medium sized enterprises to grow? This question has bugged policy-wonks recently. Some people suggest that the growth and survival of start-ups is random. However, recent data on companies in the New Anglia area of Norfolk and Suffolk suggests otherwise. In this blog I’ll give you a preview of the results of a study we have carried out.

30 November, 2016
Computer with data on the screen

Big Data, Small Businesses

By Alexandra Beaumont, Outreach and Engagement Coordinator at BLGDRC

Big Data are commonly underused in businesses, often due to the lack of internal skills required to manipulate the data acquired in the most beneficial way. This is a shame, as businesses can significantly benefit from using Big Data correctly. This blog post is being shared in the run up to Small Business Saturday and explores how small businesses can make the most of their data.

23 November, 2016
The panel at the fourth Talk Big Data Event

Big Data and Society: Is it a game changer?

In the conclusion of its popular ‘Talk Big Data’ series the University of Essex will host a panel discussion to examine why Big Data is being hailed as the answer to so many questions.

The ‘Big Data and Society: Is it a game changer?’ event is taking place on Monday 28 November, 5.30-7.00pm, at Essex Business School at the University’s Colchester Campus.

18 November, 2016

Creating a word cloud

By Richard Skeggs, Business Data Manager at BLGDRC

In my last blog post I referred to the use of a word cloud as a way of making data more visually appealing and ‘fun’. Today I’ll run through the process I use to generate word clouds and hopefully some of you will enjoy creating your own.

17 November, 2016

ARCHIVED | Training | Empowering the Public Sector: Delving into Data Analytics

Venue: University of Essex

The course delivered in January will consist of three separate training sessions. Attendees are able to attend all three sessions or choose the session which they feel is most relevant to their needs.

17 November, 2016

ARCHIVED | Webinar | Understanding Open Source GIS

9 December 2016, 1pm to 2pm

In this webinar, Professor Andrew Lovett will discuss developments in open source GIS, in particular reviewing data and software sources.

17 November, 2016
Fibre optic cables

Can Tendring’s superfast broadband boost business?

Business experts at the University of Essex have welcomed plans for further investment which will see the Tendring district reach 100% superfast broadband coverage. However, they stress that businesses need to consider their internal skills and processes if this is to guarantee growth in the Tendring area.

On 11 November Superfast Essex reported that the Tendring district, in north east Essex, would become one of the first districts in the UK with near 100% superfast broadband access.

16 November, 2016

ARCHIVED | Webinar | An Introduction to Social Network Analysis

2 December 2016, 1pm to 2pm

This webinar aims to provide attendees with an introductory understanding of networks’ dynamics.

4 November, 2016

How is Big Data research changing lives?

Big data projects at the University of Essex are taking part in the Economic and Social Research Council's Festival of Social Science with a panel discussion exploring the impact of Big Data on today's society.

The free event ‘Changing Lives through Big Data Research’ will be introduced by Professor Sasha Roseneil, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Essex.

4 November, 2016

Making Data Fun

By Richard Skeggs, Business Data Manager at BLGDRC

The concept of big data can be daunting; all that data from untold sources in quantities that it’s often not possible to contemplate. Then you have to try to understand the story that the data is trying to tell you. This raises the questions:

What tools do we use to extract the data?

What methods do we use to understand the data?

2 November, 2016

Job Opportunity – Research Fellow

An opportunity has arisen to join the team, apply by 16 November 2016. The successful candidate will have a PhD or be close to completion in a relevant social science or quantitative discipline or have equivalent experience.

28 October, 2016

ARCHIVED | SASNet Training | Urban Informatics and Cities

17 November 2016

Venue: University of Essex

This event will be delivered as part of the SASNet project, and will explore urban Big Data, and their use in Urban Informatics, along with the challenges that arise.

27 October, 2016

A beginner’s guide to the benefits of Big Data

By Alexandra Beaumont, Outreach and Engagement Coordinator at BLGDRC

“Big Data” is a term which at one point meant absolutely nothing to me and I know that I am not alone. When I mention this phrase in my role I often receive very blank looks, but it’s not surprising that people are unaware of the concept of Big Data as it is not a term which is overly used in everyday life.

27 October, 2016

ARCHIVED | SASNet Seminar | Using Big Data to Inform Care Policy

29 November 2016

Venue: University of Kent

In conjunction with SASNet, we invite you to participate in a free training seminar on using administrative and other datasets to inform policy regarding social care in England.

25 October, 2016

R versus Microsoft Excel

By Richard Skeggs, Business Data Manager at BLGDRC

Microsoft Excel is a widely used tool for the analysis of data but there are limitations on the size of data that can be processed and the flexibility of the spreadsheet package. In this blog post I’ll highlight some of the advantages of using the ‘R’ software package against Excel.

The key to R is the code which is a low level functional programming language. The language itself is quick to pick up and understand.

21 October, 2016

A review of Big Data in Business

By Professor Vania Sena, Director of BLGDRC

On Thursday 20 October the BLGDRC, alongside the Administrative Data Research Network (ADRN) and the Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project (HRBDT), hosted the second of our Talk Big Data event series. We were delighted to be joined by Jasmine Birtles (Founder, Money Magpie), Helen Simpson (Professor, University of Bristol) and Ian Hutchinson (Lead Software Developer, Projects by IF).

17 October, 2016

Big Data in Rugby

By Richard Skeggs, Business Data Manager for BLGDRC

The use of data analytics in sports is not a new phenomenon, the Wisden Cricketers Almanac which was first published in 1864 is a great example of that. Formula 1 teams for a number of years have turned to high speed analytics of big data to try to achieve a competitive edge. Even the British Olympic Cycling team use data to analyse each turn of the pedal.

14 October, 2016

What can Big Data do for Businesses?

Researchers from the University of Essex are encouraging businesses small and large to make better use of their data to aid business performance and benefit society.

Professor Vania Sena, from Essex Business School, is Director of the Business and Local Government Data Research Centre (BLGRDC) which is also based at the University. She believes that small and medium businesses often don’t realise the potential of the data they already hold or those they could collect.

6 October, 2016

ARCHIVED | Webinar | How complex networks approaches can benefit supply chain management

7 November 2016, 2pm to 3pm

In this webinar, Dr Guven Demirel will provide a brief introduction to complex networks approaches that provide insights on the relationships between the supply network structure and the response to disturbances and disruptions.

30 September, 2016

ARCHIVED | Event | Seminar Series | Statistics and Data Science in the Digital Age

14 October 2016

SCI 1.20 (Maths Common room), University of Essex, Colchester Campus.

School of Mathematics at UEA and the ESRC funded Business and Local Government Data Research Centre are delighted to introduce a new cross-faculty seminar series.

29 September, 2016

ARCHIVED | Event | Art of the Possible Festival | Can you help your High Street?

18 October 2016

Venue: G6 Essex House, 200 The Crescent, Colchester Business Park, Colchester

Are you an Essex County Council employee? Come along to this Art of the Possible Festival session with your ideas for High Street improvements and see how you can get involved, and make a difference to your town.


23 February, 2017

Training | Statistics and Data Analysis for Management

10-14 July 2017

North Teaching Centre, University of Essex, Colchester Campus

We are delighted to be delivering a course at this year’s Essex Summer School, as part of the 50th anniversary.

23 February, 2017

Event | Chasing Impact | Using the Press and Social Media to Tackle the REF

14 March 2017

Essex Business School

This EBS Impact Academy interactive workshop poses using social media and the press as a way of demonstrating Research Impact within the Social Sciences.

21 February, 2017

Webinar | The Crowdfunding Revolution

23 March 2017, 2pm to 3pm

In this webinar Professor Jerry Coakley, will analyse the benefits and risks of debt crowdfunding for both small businesses and society, and argue that it marks the beginning of a revolution in the financing of small businesses in the UK.

17 February, 2017

The SPRINT Data Analysis Challenge

Our researchers, Elena Kulinskaya and Lisanne Gitsels, are involved in the NEJM SPRINT Data Analysis Challenge.

All entries for the challenge are now in, and we have until 28 February 2017 to cast our votes. Please support our researchers by reading their entries and casting your votes online, it is very quick and easy to do!

16 February, 2017

Event | Seminar Series | Statistics and Data Science in the Digital Age

3 March 2017

ARTS 2.01, University of East Anglia

School of Mathematics at UEA and the ESRC funded Business and Local Government Data Research Centre are delighted to introduce a new cross-faculty seminar series.

3 February, 2017

SASNet Seminar | Mortality Estimation and Forecasting With Smoothing and Overdispersion

14 March 2017

Venue: Colchester Campus, University of Essex

The ESRC Business and Local Government Data Research Centre in conjunction with SASNet invites you to participate in a free training seminar on Mortality Estimation and Forecasting With Smoothing and Overdispersion.

2 February, 2017

A review of ‘Empowering the Public Sector: Delving into data analytics’

By Ben Foster, Business Analyst at Norwich City Council

Since joining Norwich City Council as a business analyst in November 2015, the momentum behind increased data analytics and the ‘smart councils’ agenda has become more evident. Over the previous 12 months I have attended various events, including Nesta’s ‘Datavores’ agenda, which looks at ways the councils can take advantage of the vast swathes of data they hold.

1 February, 2017

Beta blockers offer best chance of increased heart attack survival

The risk of death after a heart attack is lower than previously thought, and more widespread prescription of beta blockers could further improve survival rates, according to new research.

Researchers from the Business and Local Government Data Research Centre contributed to a study which calculated the chances of survival after acute myocardial infarction (AMI) in the general population aged 60 and over in the UK.

26 January, 2017

What opportunities can Big Data offer to applied economists?

By Professor Vania Sena, Director of BLGDRC

Recently I was pleased to be invited as a keynote speaker to the SGPE conference at Crieff Hydro, Crieff, Perthshire. The SGPE is a joint collaboration between eight Scottish Universities (Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Heriot-Watt, St Andrews, Stirling and Strathclyde) to provide Masters training to students. The conference is centred on training for both MSc and PhD students and it is an exciting time to bring them altogether.

24 January, 2017

How can the analysis of existing data improve care experiences for our most vulnerable children?

By Beth Neil, Researcher at BLGDRC

In a recent article on The Conversation, Louise Mc Grath-Lone, a PhD candidate at UCL, published results from a study of children leaving the care system. With colleagues she analysed administrative data from the Department for Education and found that one-third of children re-entered care within five years of leaving it. The study examined the factors which influence the likelihood of a child re-entering the care system.

24 January, 2017

Webinar | An Introduction to Data Mining

9 March 2017, 2pm to 3pm

In this webinar Dr Beatriz De La Iglesia will provide attendees with an introductory understanding of data mining techniques, the process of knowledge discovery in databases and how business can benefit from such techniques.

20 January, 2017

Webinar | An Intermediary Understanding of SQL

22 February 2017, 2pm to 3pm

In this webinar, Richard Skeggs will provide attendees with an intermediary understanding of SQL (Structured Query Language), and will provide an understanding of how this can be used in “real-life” scenarios.

9 January, 2017

The History of Big Data (A very short version)

By Holly Shea, Project Office Administrator at BLGDRC

The assumption of many is that ‘Big Data’ is a fairly new concept. The connotations that surround the word ‘data’ often lead many of us, including myself, to assume that this a modern phenomenon. Growing up in a digital era, I believed that such information and data could not possibly exist without the software or technology to store and harness it.

5 January, 2017

ARCHIVED | SASNet Seminar | Complex Networks Approaches to Supply Chain Management

24 January 2017

Venue: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, Glasgow, G12 8QN

The Urban Big Data Centre in conjunction with SASNet invites you to participate in a free training seminar on Complex Networks Approaches to Supply Chain Management.

19 December, 2016
Facebook screen grab

The data disconnect between businesses and their consumers

By Professor Vania Sena, Director of BLGDRC

In September 2016 The Chartered Institute of Marketing published ‘Whose data is it anyway?’ a report into the use of data for marketing purposes. The most striking result to me was that 68% of consumers do not feel comfortable sharing data from their social media profile while 44% of marketers claim to collect data from social media. Also, just 8% of customers understand how and where organisations use their personal data.

13 December, 2016
Computer keyboard chained up

Big data: The privacy paradox

By Tom Howard, Project Manager at BLGDRC

There is a lot of hype about big data privacy. Equally there appear to be double standards exhibited by many of those expressing the most concerns. There is widespread concern about what global corporations and governments do with our data and whether our rights are adequately protected, and yet there is little focus on the trend in modern society to wilfully disclose seemingly everything about themselves. This is an example of the privacy paradox.

12 December, 2016
railway tracks

Will the National Productivity Investment Fund deliver local economic growth?

In this year’s Autumn Statement the Government pledged to create a National Productivity Investment Fund which will spend £23billion on innovations and infrastructure over five years. The funds will be allocated to areas that are deemed to be critical to productivity growth including transport, research, housing and digital communications. University of Essex academic Professor Vania Sena considers what this could mean for local economic growth.

6 December, 2016

ARCHIVED | Webinar | Regeneration in Coastal Communities

24 January 2017, 2pm to 3pm

In this webinar Fola Malomo will discuss the differences in economic trends between coastal areas that have performed well and coastal areas that have been less successful.

1 December, 2016

On Small Business Saturday: What could small businesses learn from data?

This Small Business Saturday businesses in Essex are being encouraged to make better use of data in a bid to become more competitive.

Small Business Saturday takes place on 3 December 2016 and is a national campaign encouraging people to support small and local businesses. In 2015 the campaign saw £623m spent at small businesses across the country.

1 December, 2016
A figure showing the estimation strategy used in the study

Using Big Data to analyse the effect of Business Support on SMEs

By Fola Malomo, Research Fellow at BLGDRC

How do we get small and medium sized enterprises to grow? This question has bugged policy-wonks recently. Some people suggest that the growth and survival of start-ups is random. However, recent data on companies in the New Anglia area of Norfolk and Suffolk suggests otherwise. In this blog I’ll give you a preview of the results of a study we have carried out.

30 November, 2016
Computer with data on the screen

Big Data, Small Businesses

By Alexandra Beaumont, Outreach and Engagement Coordinator at BLGDRC

Big Data are commonly underused in businesses, often due to the lack of internal skills required to manipulate the data acquired in the most beneficial way. This is a shame, as businesses can significantly benefit from using Big Data correctly. This blog post is being shared in the run up to Small Business Saturday and explores how small businesses can make the most of their data.

23 November, 2016
The panel at the fourth Talk Big Data Event

Big Data and Society: Is it a game changer?

In the conclusion of its popular ‘Talk Big Data’ series the University of Essex will host a panel discussion to examine why Big Data is being hailed as the answer to so many questions.

The ‘Big Data and Society: Is it a game changer?’ event is taking place on Monday 28 November, 5.30-7.00pm, at Essex Business School at the University’s Colchester Campus.

18 November, 2016

Creating a word cloud

By Richard Skeggs, Business Data Manager at BLGDRC

In my last blog post I referred to the use of a word cloud as a way of making data more visually appealing and ‘fun’. Today I’ll run through the process I use to generate word clouds and hopefully some of you will enjoy creating your own.

17 November, 2016

ARCHIVED | Training | Empowering the Public Sector: Delving into Data Analytics

Venue: University of Essex

The course delivered in January will consist of three separate training sessions. Attendees are able to attend all three sessions or choose the session which they feel is most relevant to their needs.

17 November, 2016

ARCHIVED | Webinar | Understanding Open Source GIS

9 December 2016, 1pm to 2pm

In this webinar, Professor Andrew Lovett will discuss developments in open source GIS, in particular reviewing data and software sources.

17 November, 2016
Fibre optic cables

Can Tendring’s superfast broadband boost business?

Business experts at the University of Essex have welcomed plans for further investment which will see the Tendring district reach 100% superfast broadband coverage. However, they stress that businesses need to consider their internal skills and processes if this is to guarantee growth in the Tendring area.

On 11 November Superfast Essex reported that the Tendring district, in north east Essex, would become one of the first districts in the UK with near 100% superfast broadband access.

16 November, 2016

ARCHIVED | Webinar | An Introduction to Social Network Analysis

2 December 2016, 1pm to 2pm

This webinar aims to provide attendees with an introductory understanding of networks’ dynamics.

4 November, 2016

How is Big Data research changing lives?

Big data projects at the University of Essex are taking part in the Economic and Social Research Council's Festival of Social Science with a panel discussion exploring the impact of Big Data on today's society.

The free event ‘Changing Lives through Big Data Research’ will be introduced by Professor Sasha Roseneil, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Essex.

4 November, 2016

Making Data Fun

By Richard Skeggs, Business Data Manager at BLGDRC

The concept of big data can be daunting; all that data from untold sources in quantities that it’s often not possible to contemplate. Then you have to try to understand the story that the data is trying to tell you. This raises the questions:

What tools do we use to extract the data?

What methods do we use to understand the data?

2 November, 2016

Job Opportunity – Research Fellow

An opportunity has arisen to join the team, apply by 16 November 2016. The successful candidate will have a PhD or be close to completion in a relevant social science or quantitative discipline or have equivalent experience.

28 October, 2016

ARCHIVED | SASNet Training | Urban Informatics and Cities

17 November 2016

Venue: University of Essex

This event will be delivered as part of the SASNet project, and will explore urban Big Data, and their use in Urban Informatics, along with the challenges that arise.

27 October, 2016

A beginner’s guide to the benefits of Big Data

By Alexandra Beaumont, Outreach and Engagement Coordinator at BLGDRC

“Big Data” is a term which at one point meant absolutely nothing to me and I know that I am not alone. When I mention this phrase in my role I often receive very blank looks, but it’s not surprising that people are unaware of the concept of Big Data as it is not a term which is overly used in everyday life.

27 October, 2016

ARCHIVED | SASNet Seminar | Using Big Data to Inform Care Policy

29 November 2016

Venue: University of Kent

In conjunction with SASNet, we invite you to participate in a free training seminar on using administrative and other datasets to inform policy regarding social care in England.

25 October, 2016

R versus Microsoft Excel

By Richard Skeggs, Business Data Manager at BLGDRC

Microsoft Excel is a widely used tool for the analysis of data but there are limitations on the size of data that can be processed and the flexibility of the spreadsheet package. In this blog post I’ll highlight some of the advantages of using the ‘R’ software package against Excel.

The key to R is the code which is a low level functional programming language. The language itself is quick to pick up and understand.

21 October, 2016

A review of Big Data in Business

By Professor Vania Sena, Director of BLGDRC

On Thursday 20 October the BLGDRC, alongside the Administrative Data Research Network (ADRN) and the Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project (HRBDT), hosted the second of our Talk Big Data event series. We were delighted to be joined by Jasmine Birtles (Founder, Money Magpie), Helen Simpson (Professor, University of Bristol) and Ian Hutchinson (Lead Software Developer, Projects by IF).

17 October, 2016

Big Data in Rugby

By Richard Skeggs, Business Data Manager for BLGDRC

The use of data analytics in sports is not a new phenomenon, the Wisden Cricketers Almanac which was first published in 1864 is a great example of that. Formula 1 teams for a number of years have turned to high speed analytics of big data to try to achieve a competitive edge. Even the British Olympic Cycling team use data to analyse each turn of the pedal.

14 October, 2016

What can Big Data do for Businesses?

Researchers from the University of Essex are encouraging businesses small and large to make better use of their data to aid business performance and benefit society.

Professor Vania Sena, from Essex Business School, is Director of the Business and Local Government Data Research Centre (BLGRDC) which is also based at the University. She believes that small and medium businesses often don’t realise the potential of the data they already hold or those they could collect.

6 October, 2016

ARCHIVED | Webinar | How complex networks approaches can benefit supply chain management

7 November 2016, 2pm to 3pm

In this webinar, Dr Guven Demirel will provide a brief introduction to complex networks approaches that provide insights on the relationships between the supply network structure and the response to disturbances and disruptions.

30 September, 2016

ARCHIVED | Event | Seminar Series | Statistics and Data Science in the Digital Age

14 October 2016

SCI 1.20 (Maths Common room), University of Essex, Colchester Campus.

School of Mathematics at UEA and the ESRC funded Business and Local Government Data Research Centre are delighted to introduce a new cross-faculty seminar series.

29 September, 2016

ARCHIVED | Event | Art of the Possible Festival | Can you help your High Street?

18 October 2016

Venue: G6 Essex House, 200 The Crescent, Colchester Business Park, Colchester

Are you an Essex County Council employee? Come along to this Art of the Possible Festival session with your ideas for High Street improvements and see how you can get involved, and make a difference to your town.