There is widespread interest in the topic of today’s Tech Talk on Data Visualization, otherwise known as Big Data and/or Data Analytics. The techniques are used in almost every type of business that feels the need to display information in a graphic format.
We were delighted to have Dr. Katie Pittman from the SOU School of Business present today’s talk. Katie teaches Systems Analysis & Design, in addition to Advanced Business Applications and GIS courses. Her background includes decades of experience with commercial databases.
Katie introduced the topic by showing a video* from GapMinder.org about the correlation of long life to income, and then explaining the 3 Vs of Big Data: Volume, Variety and Velocity. A fourth V includes Veracity.
A broad spectrum of graphic examples from Mashable.com, Google and YouTube demonstrated the explosion of data that has overwhelmed our senses in the past decade—and promises to continue, non-stop. The solution? Use the Big Data Process to distill the vast collections of data—and cater to the human capability for visual perception; creating a data hierarchy, with the end goal of understanding the data.
The important take-away for students is that Big Data is being deployed in a broad spectrum of professional fields: scientific research, journalism, geography, investments, and general statistics, to name only a few. One example of a local company doing this type of work, in the scientific arena, is: FlowJo. Read about the company here.
You are invited to watch Katie’s tech talk here: https://youtu.be/QGYvrsM_oNk
You are invited to download Katie’s slide deck here: https://infolinkqr.com/docs/DataVizTechTalk20161025.pdf
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