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Big Data in Time-Critical Circumstances: The Philippines Relief Effort as a Case Study for Journalists and Responders

Monday, January 27, 2014 - Thursday, January 30, 2014

Jan/27 Mon 12:00PM-02:00PM
Jan/29 Wed 12:00PM-02:00PM

The Typhoon Haiyan disaster provides a major application of Big Data to disaster relief. This seminar will look at issues raised by a Big Data approach for both aid workers and journalists covering rapidly moving events. They are: 1) Where and how to get your data. 2) How do you use which tools to construct questions and run calculations robustly and resiliently under the pressure of time? 3) Following analysis, how do you visualize your data to support real action on the ground and to find stories to be reported and told?

Instructors: Dr. Steve Chan (Research Fellow, CMS/W and CTO, E-Lab, MIT and co-director Network Science Research Laboratory, IBM), Wesley Rhodes (director, Network Science Research Laboratory, IBM), Andrea Johns

Enrollment: Advance registration plus walk-in as space permits
Limited to 12 participants

Attendance: Participants are strongly encouraged to attend both sessions.

Lunch will be served.


Monday, January 27, 2014
Thursday, January 30, 2014
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