How to use big data for social good


Harvard created a new course that started this semester–Data Science in Education: Big Data, Learning Analytics and the Information Age–with the intention to teach educators and social innovators the basics of big data.

Which is critical, since big data has the ability to improve the provision of public services, enable governments to spend taxpayers' monies more efficiently, and advance societies forward.

However, before these innovations can happen, most in the field still need this basic question answered:"What exactly is BIG data?"

Most definitions reflect the...

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