date_range Starts on August 8, 2016
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Get a practical insight into big data analytics, and popular tools and frameworks for collecting, storing and managing data.

 

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Data is everywhere and can be obtained from many different sources. Digital data can be obtained from social media, images, audio recordings and sensors, and electronic data is quite often available as real-time data streams. Many of these datasets have the potential to provide solutions to important problems, and advice in making decisions in health, science, sociology, engineering, business, information technology, and government.

However, the size, complexity, quality and diversity of these datasets often make them difficult to process and analyse using standard statistical methods, software or equipment. Take a unique, multi-faceted approach to big data For this reason, we use new technological or methodological solutions.

Join us for this free online course and we’ll share these with you using our unique, multi-faceted approach to big data. We’ll show you how you can meet the demand for analytics in your field. After a brief introduction to big data and an overview of some of the statistical and mathematical approaches for analysing it, we’ll explore real-world case studies. These will demonstrate the power of big data and, most importantly, the process of getting from data to decisions. Then we’ll give you an overview of some of the tools you can use for storing and managing large datasets.

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  • Tomasz Bednarz
  • Kerrie Mengersen
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Queensland University of Technology

Queensland University of Technology, abbreviated as QUT, is a public research university located in the urban coastal city of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. QUT is located on three campuses in the Brisbane area: Gardens Point, Kelvin Grove, and Caboolture. The university has approximately 35,000 undergraduate students and 5,000 post graduate students, of which 6,000 are international students. It has over 4 000 staff members, and an annual budget of more than AU$750 million.

QUT ranks within the top 10 Australian universities and the upper 3 per cent world-wide. QUT has been ranked as Australia's best university under 50 years of age by the Times Higher Education Top 100, and ranks 26th globally in that category. The university in its current form was founded 1989, when the then Queensland Institute of Technology (QIT) merged with the Brisbane College of Advanced Education.

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Futurelearn

FutureLearn is a massive open online course (MOOC) learning platform founded in December 2012.

It is a company launched and wholly owned by The Open University in Milton Keynes, England. It is the first UK-led massive open online course learning platform, and as of March 2015 included 54 UK and international University partners and unlike similar platforms includes four non-university partners: the British Museum, the British Council, the British Library and the National Film and Television School.

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