10 November, 2017

The future of Big Data

By Richard Skeggs, Senior Data Development Manager for BLGDRC

Predicting the future can be a very tricky business, especially when it comes to emerging technology. Predicting what will happen within the Big Data landscape therefore poses a question which is as compelling as it impossible to answer.

26 October, 2017

Event | Centre for Research on Children & Families Seminar Series

8 November - 6 December 2017

 University of East Anglia

This autumn we have a seminar series bringing together academics and practitioners from a number of different disciplines within and beyond UEA.

26 October, 2017

ARCHIVED | Event | The joys and challenges of adoptive family life: the views of adoptive parents | CRCF Seminar Series

22 November 2017 2017

EFB 1.02, Univeristy of East Anglia

This seminar will report on the findings of an in-depth online survey of 319 adoptive parents which explored children's backgrounds before adoption and their current progress and support needs in their adoptive families.

26 October, 2017

Event | Babies removed at birth: Narratives of Mothers and Midwives | CRCF Seminar Series

 6 December 2017

EFB 1.01, Univeristy of East Anglia

The seminar presents mothers’ and midwives’ experience of babies being removed at birth and considers the way in which a narrative understanding can offer valuable insight into a topic that has previously received minimal research attention, providing evidence to guide and inform midwifery and wider safeguarding practice.

26 October, 2017

ARCHIVED | Event | Understanding the pathways out of care for children in one local authority | CRCF Seminar Series

8 November 2017 2017

TPSC 2.01, Univeristy of East Anglia

This seminar will focus on the methods and findings of this collaborative project involving researchers from the CRCF and the ESRC Business and Local Government Data Research Centre.

12 October, 2017

Free Medway Business Event Explores Data

A free event taking place at the Historic Dockyard in Chatham will explore how businesses are using data to evolve, and what businesses can do to improve their use of data.

The Big Data Can…Evolve Business event is part of a series of events taking place at the University of Kent across both Medway and Canterbury.

12 October, 2017

How do Big Data affect your world?

A free public lecture series at the University of Kent will explore the impact of Big Data on people, decisions, services and the environment.

The ‘Big Data Can’ series is organised by the Business and Local Government Data Research Centre and is open to the general public, private and public sector employees, university staff and students to attend.

5 October, 2017

ARCHIVED | Event | Insights from Data and Research: the BLGDRC Conference 2017

Friday 17 November 2017

Venue: QEII Centre, Broad Sanctuary London

This Conference brings together insights from government, policy makers, business, and academia on the latest research in the innovative use of data science, especially within the areas of finance, economic policy, agriculture, and GIS.

4 October, 2017

ARCHIVED | Event | The Effectiveness of Evaluation

9 November 2017

Venue: University of Essex, Colchester Campus

As part of this year's ESRC Festival of Social Science, we are partnering with the Catalyst Project to bring you an event on how to improve your business by learning how to evaluate it!

22 August, 2017

The Big Data concept of Modern Marketing

By Prince Kapoor (Digital Marketing Manager and Recruiter)

The age of Big Data is finally here, holding promises for a better world with better understanding and services for the customers.

22 August, 2017

Event | Big Data Can… Series

Thursday 28 Semptemper - Tuesday 7 November

University of Kent

This autumn the Business and Local Government Data Research Centre (BLG) are running a free lecture series at the University of Kent.

22 August, 2017

ARCHIVED | Event | Big Data Can… Empower Society

Tuesday 7 November

Darwin Conference Suite, University of Kent

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.

22 August, 2017

ARCHIVED | Event | Big Data Can… Evolve Business

Thursday 19 October

Dockyard Church, University of Kent

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

22 August, 2017

ARCHIVED | Event | Big Data Can… Enhance the Environment

Thursday 28 September

Darwin Conference Suite, University of Kent

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

21 August, 2017

The generic approach to Digital Maturity

By Richard Skeggs, Senior Research Data Manager at BLGDRC

Digital maturity is a measure of how well companies can identify how their digital assets can help them. The digital assets not only include the data held by the company but also covers the technological assets and staff.

16 August, 2017

Apply now to access the Kent Integrated Dataset

*This call has now closed.*  The Business and Local Government Data Research Centre, and Kent County Council, are launching a call for researchers to submit an expression of interest to access the Kent Integrated Dataset (KID).

The Kent Integrated Dataset (KID) is a relatively mature exemplar of a population-level linked dataset.

14 August, 2017

ARCHIVED | Event | The Sixteenth International Symposium on Intelligent Data Analysis (IDA 2017)

26-28 October 2017

Venue: London, UK

Our Senior Data Development Manager, Richard Skeggs will be presenting his paper at the The Sixteenth International Symposium on Intelligent Data Analysis (IDA 2017)

3 August, 2017

ARCHIVED | Event | 1st International Conference on the Frontiers and Advances in Data Science (FADS)

23-25 October 2017

Venue: Xian, China

We are delighted that Professor Maria Fasli will chair the this Frontiers and Advances in Data Science (FADS) event. The call for papers is open now.

26 July, 2017

Machine Learning in the World of Big Data

By Richard Skeggs, Senior Research Data Manager at BLGDRC

The concept of machine learning is becoming ever more important not just in the world of computer science but also in business. The explosion of data has given this technology a new lease of life and an impetus that is becoming difficult to ignore.

30 June, 2017
Padlock on keyboard

What does ICO’s recent update mean for Big Data?

By Richard Skeggs, Senior Data Manager at BLGDRC

The ICO (Information Commissioners Office) has recently updated its guidance on big data. The document includes a look at the implications that big data, artificial intelligence and machine learning have for data protection.

29 June, 2017

ARCHIVED | The BLG Summer School in Data Analytics: Effective Tools and Techniques

10-14 July 2017

University of Essex, Colchester Campus

This summer, we are offering a week’s worth of training on effective data analytics tools and techniques, which can help organisations to tap into their data to make a real difference to their products and services, or to their internal processes.

27 June, 2017
Peter Barbrook-Johnson at a previous BLGDRC training event

Time to brush up those data analytics skills

Small businesses and local authorities have the opportunity to attend a discounted data analytics summer school with University experts.

The event “BLG Summer School in Data Analytics: Effective Tools and Techniques” takes place at the University of Essex from 10 to 14 July.

2 June, 2017

ARCHIVED | Event | EFiC Conference in Banking and Finance

Friday 7 and Saturday 8 July 2017

Venue: Essex Business School, Colchester Campus

We are delighted that some of our researchers are participating in this year's EFiC Conference in Banking and Finance being held at the Essex Business School.

9 May, 2017

Apply for a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship hosted by BLGDRC

*Application submissions for this Fellowship have now closed*. The Business and Local Government Data Research Centre is inviting postdoctoral researchers from the EU to apply for a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship to contribute to its Local Economic Growth research programme.

The Centre provides unique data services and a world-class facility that brings together the expertise of academic researchers, social scientists and data scientists to help organisations to solve real issues.

27 April, 2017
Computer with data on the screen

Does your organisation need help with data?

Experts from local universities will help businesses exploit their data thanks to funding available from innovation vouchers.

BLGDRC is inviting small business owners, public sector organisations and local government including councils to apply for a £2,000 Data Analytics Innovation Voucher (DAIV).

24 April, 2017

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

5 May 2017

S2.15 (D’Arcy Thompson Room), 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.

19 April, 2017

What’s the value of Artificial Synthetic Data?

By Richard Skeggs, Business Data Development Manager at BLGDRC

The MIT Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems has issued an interesting news release in which it advocates that artificial data can give the same results as real data without compromising privacy. Creating test data is nothing new, but actually making use of synthetic data is.

11 April, 2017

ARCHIVED | Webinar | The Alternative Finance Revolution

25 May 2017, 2pm to 3pm

In this webinar Professor Jerry Coakley, Professor at the Essex Business School and Deputy Director of the Business and Local Government Data Research Centre, will analyse the alternative finance phenomenon and argue that it marks the beginning of a revolution in the financing of small businesses in the UK.

11 April, 2017

ARCHIVED | Webinar | Using Python to Access and Manipulate Big Data

19 May 2017, 1.30pm to 2.30pm

In this webinar Dr. Kamaran Fathulla, Senior Lecturer at the University of Chichester Business School, will demonstrate the power and versatility of the Python programming language to access, manipulate, and visualise Twitter data.

11 April, 2017

ARCHIVED | Event | New Alternative Finance Funds for SMEs: A Breakfast Event

7 June 2017

Venue: University of Essex

The ESRC-funded Business and Local Government (BLG) Data Research Centre is organising a breakfast event to spread awareness of exciting new funding sources at a time when many successful SMEs are struggling to raise funds from traditional sources.

7 April, 2017

ARCHIVED | Event Series | Talk Big Data: Big Data, Big Questions

Autumn 2016

Essex Business School

BLGDRC, ADRN & HRBDT hosted a series of public talks throughout October and November 2016 to discuss the implications of big data and what it means for you and society.

7 April, 2017

ARCHIVED | Webinar | Survival Benefits of Statins: An overview of the Research

18 May 2017, 2pm to 3pm

In this webinar, Lisanne will discuss the research in detail, explaining the reasons for carrying out the study, how the research was conducted, as well as the findings and how these can be applied in “real-life” scenarios.

30 March, 2017

ARCHIVED | Event | Big Data Visualisation Tools and Techniques

26 May 2017

Venue: University of Essex

In this seminar, Dr Kamaran Fathulla, Senior Lecturer in Software Development at the University of Chichester Business School, will discuss various data visualisation techniques for big data processing, including using Python programming and its Panda data structure to access Twitter data.

24 March, 2017

ARCHIVED | Event | Essex Big Data and Analytics Summer School 2017

24 July - 4 August 2017

Venue: University of Essex

We are delighted that some of our researchers are participating in this year's Institute for Analytics and Data Science big data summer school at the University of Essex.

24 March, 2017

ARCHIVED | Event | EBS Data Dive 2017

22 June - 23 June 2017

Venue: The Forum, Southend Campus

This summer, the Business and Local Government Data Research Centre offers Essex Business School MSc students the opportunity to take part in a data dive competition.

22 March, 2017

As care providers can’t afford to accept council contracts BLGDRC considers how data analytics could help to address the challenge

By Jim Vine, Researcher at BLGDRC

On Monday 20 March the BBC reported on the rates of contract cancellations, bankruptcies and risks of insolvencies amongst care providers. This inability to provide effective care was also the subject of Monday night’s episode of BBC Panorama and is a growing concern across the UK.

23 February, 2017

ARCHIVED | 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.

16 February, 2017

ARCHIVED | 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

ARCHIVED | 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.


10 November, 2017

The future of Big Data

By Richard Skeggs, Senior Data Development Manager for BLGDRC

Predicting the future can be a very tricky business, especially when it comes to emerging technology. Predicting what will happen within the Big Data landscape therefore poses a question which is as compelling as it impossible to answer.

26 October, 2017

Event | Centre for Research on Children & Families Seminar Series

8 November - 6 December 2017

 University of East Anglia

This autumn we have a seminar series bringing together academics and practitioners from a number of different disciplines within and beyond UEA.

26 October, 2017

ARCHIVED | Event | The joys and challenges of adoptive family life: the views of adoptive parents | CRCF Seminar Series

22 November 2017 2017

EFB 1.02, Univeristy of East Anglia

This seminar will report on the findings of an in-depth online survey of 319 adoptive parents which explored children's backgrounds before adoption and their current progress and support needs in their adoptive families.

26 October, 2017

Event | Babies removed at birth: Narratives of Mothers and Midwives | CRCF Seminar Series

 6 December 2017

EFB 1.01, Univeristy of East Anglia

The seminar presents mothers’ and midwives’ experience of babies being removed at birth and considers the way in which a narrative understanding can offer valuable insight into a topic that has previously received minimal research attention, providing evidence to guide and inform midwifery and wider safeguarding practice.

26 October, 2017

ARCHIVED | Event | Understanding the pathways out of care for children in one local authority | CRCF Seminar Series

8 November 2017 2017

TPSC 2.01, Univeristy of East Anglia

This seminar will focus on the methods and findings of this collaborative project involving researchers from the CRCF and the ESRC Business and Local Government Data Research Centre.

12 October, 2017

Free Medway Business Event Explores Data

A free event taking place at the Historic Dockyard in Chatham will explore how businesses are using data to evolve, and what businesses can do to improve their use of data.

The Big Data Can…Evolve Business event is part of a series of events taking place at the University of Kent across both Medway and Canterbury.

12 October, 2017

How do Big Data affect your world?

A free public lecture series at the University of Kent will explore the impact of Big Data on people, decisions, services and the environment.

The ‘Big Data Can’ series is organised by the Business and Local Government Data Research Centre and is open to the general public, private and public sector employees, university staff and students to attend.

5 October, 2017

ARCHIVED | Event | Insights from Data and Research: the BLGDRC Conference 2017

Friday 17 November 2017

Venue: QEII Centre, Broad Sanctuary London

This Conference brings together insights from government, policy makers, business, and academia on the latest research in the innovative use of data science, especially within the areas of finance, economic policy, agriculture, and GIS.

4 October, 2017

ARCHIVED | Event | The Effectiveness of Evaluation

9 November 2017

Venue: University of Essex, Colchester Campus

As part of this year's ESRC Festival of Social Science, we are partnering with the Catalyst Project to bring you an event on how to improve your business by learning how to evaluate it!

22 August, 2017

The Big Data concept of Modern Marketing

By Prince Kapoor (Digital Marketing Manager and Recruiter)

The age of Big Data is finally here, holding promises for a better world with better understanding and services for the customers.

22 August, 2017

Event | Big Data Can… Series

Thursday 28 Semptemper - Tuesday 7 November

University of Kent

This autumn the Business and Local Government Data Research Centre (BLG) are running a free lecture series at the University of Kent.

22 August, 2017

ARCHIVED | Event | Big Data Can… Empower Society

Tuesday 7 November

Darwin Conference Suite, University of Kent

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.

22 August, 2017

ARCHIVED | Event | Big Data Can… Evolve Business

Thursday 19 October

Dockyard Church, University of Kent

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

22 August, 2017

ARCHIVED | Event | Big Data Can… Enhance the Environment

Thursday 28 September

Darwin Conference Suite, University of Kent

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

21 August, 2017

The generic approach to Digital Maturity

By Richard Skeggs, Senior Research Data Manager at BLGDRC

Digital maturity is a measure of how well companies can identify how their digital assets can help them. The digital assets not only include the data held by the company but also covers the technological assets and staff.

16 August, 2017

Apply now to access the Kent Integrated Dataset

*This call has now closed.*  The Business and Local Government Data Research Centre, and Kent County Council, are launching a call for researchers to submit an expression of interest to access the Kent Integrated Dataset (KID).

The Kent Integrated Dataset (KID) is a relatively mature exemplar of a population-level linked dataset.

14 August, 2017

ARCHIVED | Event | The Sixteenth International Symposium on Intelligent Data Analysis (IDA 2017)

26-28 October 2017

Venue: London, UK

Our Senior Data Development Manager, Richard Skeggs will be presenting his paper at the The Sixteenth International Symposium on Intelligent Data Analysis (IDA 2017)

3 August, 2017

ARCHIVED | Event | 1st International Conference on the Frontiers and Advances in Data Science (FADS)

23-25 October 2017

Venue: Xian, China

We are delighted that Professor Maria Fasli will chair the this Frontiers and Advances in Data Science (FADS) event. The call for papers is open now.

26 July, 2017

Machine Learning in the World of Big Data

By Richard Skeggs, Senior Research Data Manager at BLGDRC

The concept of machine learning is becoming ever more important not just in the world of computer science but also in business. The explosion of data has given this technology a new lease of life and an impetus that is becoming difficult to ignore.

30 June, 2017
Padlock on keyboard

What does ICO’s recent update mean for Big Data?

By Richard Skeggs, Senior Data Manager at BLGDRC

The ICO (Information Commissioners Office) has recently updated its guidance on big data. The document includes a look at the implications that big data, artificial intelligence and machine learning have for data protection.

29 June, 2017

ARCHIVED | The BLG Summer School in Data Analytics: Effective Tools and Techniques

10-14 July 2017

University of Essex, Colchester Campus

This summer, we are offering a week’s worth of training on effective data analytics tools and techniques, which can help organisations to tap into their data to make a real difference to their products and services, or to their internal processes.

27 June, 2017
Peter Barbrook-Johnson at a previous BLGDRC training event

Time to brush up those data analytics skills

Small businesses and local authorities have the opportunity to attend a discounted data analytics summer school with University experts.

The event “BLG Summer School in Data Analytics: Effective Tools and Techniques” takes place at the University of Essex from 10 to 14 July.

2 June, 2017

ARCHIVED | Event | EFiC Conference in Banking and Finance

Friday 7 and Saturday 8 July 2017

Venue: Essex Business School, Colchester Campus

We are delighted that some of our researchers are participating in this year's EFiC Conference in Banking and Finance being held at the Essex Business School.

9 May, 2017

Apply for a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship hosted by BLGDRC

*Application submissions for this Fellowship have now closed*. The Business and Local Government Data Research Centre is inviting postdoctoral researchers from the EU to apply for a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship to contribute to its Local Economic Growth research programme.

The Centre provides unique data services and a world-class facility that brings together the expertise of academic researchers, social scientists and data scientists to help organisations to solve real issues.

27 April, 2017
Computer with data on the screen

Does your organisation need help with data?

Experts from local universities will help businesses exploit their data thanks to funding available from innovation vouchers.

BLGDRC is inviting small business owners, public sector organisations and local government including councils to apply for a £2,000 Data Analytics Innovation Voucher (DAIV).

24 April, 2017

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

5 May 2017

S2.15 (D’Arcy Thompson Room), 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.

19 April, 2017

What’s the value of Artificial Synthetic Data?

By Richard Skeggs, Business Data Development Manager at BLGDRC

The MIT Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems has issued an interesting news release in which it advocates that artificial data can give the same results as real data without compromising privacy. Creating test data is nothing new, but actually making use of synthetic data is.

11 April, 2017

ARCHIVED | Webinar | The Alternative Finance Revolution

25 May 2017, 2pm to 3pm

In this webinar Professor Jerry Coakley, Professor at the Essex Business School and Deputy Director of the Business and Local Government Data Research Centre, will analyse the alternative finance phenomenon and argue that it marks the beginning of a revolution in the financing of small businesses in the UK.

11 April, 2017

ARCHIVED | Webinar | Using Python to Access and Manipulate Big Data

19 May 2017, 1.30pm to 2.30pm

In this webinar Dr. Kamaran Fathulla, Senior Lecturer at the University of Chichester Business School, will demonstrate the power and versatility of the Python programming language to access, manipulate, and visualise Twitter data.

11 April, 2017

ARCHIVED | Event | New Alternative Finance Funds for SMEs: A Breakfast Event

7 June 2017

Venue: University of Essex

The ESRC-funded Business and Local Government (BLG) Data Research Centre is organising a breakfast event to spread awareness of exciting new funding sources at a time when many successful SMEs are struggling to raise funds from traditional sources.

7 April, 2017

ARCHIVED | Event Series | Talk Big Data: Big Data, Big Questions

Autumn 2016

Essex Business School

BLGDRC, ADRN & HRBDT hosted a series of public talks throughout October and November 2016 to discuss the implications of big data and what it means for you and society.

7 April, 2017

ARCHIVED | Webinar | Survival Benefits of Statins: An overview of the Research

18 May 2017, 2pm to 3pm

In this webinar, Lisanne will discuss the research in detail, explaining the reasons for carrying out the study, how the research was conducted, as well as the findings and how these can be applied in “real-life” scenarios.

30 March, 2017

ARCHIVED | Event | Big Data Visualisation Tools and Techniques

26 May 2017

Venue: University of Essex

In this seminar, Dr Kamaran Fathulla, Senior Lecturer in Software Development at the University of Chichester Business School, will discuss various data visualisation techniques for big data processing, including using Python programming and its Panda data structure to access Twitter data.

24 March, 2017

ARCHIVED | Event | Essex Big Data and Analytics Summer School 2017

24 July - 4 August 2017

Venue: University of Essex

We are delighted that some of our researchers are participating in this year's Institute for Analytics and Data Science big data summer school at the University of Essex.

24 March, 2017

ARCHIVED | Event | EBS Data Dive 2017

22 June - 23 June 2017

Venue: The Forum, Southend Campus

This summer, the Business and Local Government Data Research Centre offers Essex Business School MSc students the opportunity to take part in a data dive competition.

22 March, 2017

As care providers can’t afford to accept council contracts BLGDRC considers how data analytics could help to address the challenge

By Jim Vine, Researcher at BLGDRC

On Monday 20 March the BBC reported on the rates of contract cancellations, bankruptcies and risks of insolvencies amongst care providers. This inability to provide effective care was also the subject of Monday night’s episode of BBC Panorama and is a growing concern across the UK.

23 February, 2017

ARCHIVED | 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.

16 February, 2017

ARCHIVED | 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

ARCHIVED | 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.