9 May, 2017

Apply for a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship hosted by BLGDRC

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

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

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

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

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

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.

23 March, 2017

Event | Annual Conference 2017

Thursday 14 & Friday 15 September 2017

Venue: University of Essex, Colchester campus

This year, BLGDRC is organising a two day Annual Conference, focusing on two of its research streams: local economic growth and geographic information systems (GIS).

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.

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

ARCHIVED | 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

ARCHIVED | 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?


9 May, 2017

Apply for a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship hosted by BLGDRC

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

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

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

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

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

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.

23 March, 2017

Event | Annual Conference 2017

Thursday 14 & Friday 15 September 2017

Venue: University of Essex, Colchester campus

This year, BLGDRC is organising a two day Annual Conference, focusing on two of its research streams: local economic growth and geographic information systems (GIS).

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.

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

ARCHIVED | 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

ARCHIVED | 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?