Information Futures – the future of informational and computational challenges and opportunities that exist in using “big data”
Provost Peter Lange announces the seventh series of related lectures on a topic of major campus and broader societal importance. The purpose of the series is to provide greater depth and a diversity of views on a topic of major public importance and lively debate which should appeal to our students and faculty both in their University roles and as citizens. The lectures are free of charge and open to the public.
University research requires the collection, storage and analysis of large amounts of data to help students navigate the computational world. The lecture series invites leaders to present their perspectives on scholarship between disciplines, opportunities for new instruction methods, entrepreneurship within the educational experience, and how to organize information. Presentations will cover some of the following issues:
- Scholarship: How might the availability of large data sets afford new opportunities to promote additional conversations within and between intellectual disciplines?
- Instruction: Are there new opportunities for using the available data in classroom instruction and team and individual research?
- Entrepreneurship: Does the rapid rise of social media companies offer opportunities to integrate entrepreneurship into the educational experience? What opportunities for industry partnership are emerging?
- Infrastructure: What challenges exist in information systems, including networking, storage, and visualization?