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What is GDPR and Why is it Important?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), has been in the international news a lot. But what’s it all about? In May 2018, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation came …

What Does Big Data Mean?

No doubt you’ve heard the terms ‘big data’ and ‘analytics’ being thrown around in the media. Let’s look at what these concepts really mean. Watch this short video for a …

Potential for businesses

The first major application area for big data analytics was selling products and services to consumers. Businesses have been collecting huge amounts of customer data to analyse how they can …

Introduction to eHealth records

One of the biggest promises for big data analytics lies perhaps in the health care sector. Hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, and allied health providers are all capturing large amounts of data …

Re-identification from de-identified data

Despite the promise of electronic health records (EHRs) and machine learning, medical data needs to be kept secure and shared carefully. Anonymity with de-identified datasets Some datasets are made publicly …

The EcoAdapt project

The EcoAdapt project is a program at Griffith University, Australia, to address climate change in the Pacific. The project uses data from a variety of sources to understand the effects …

Congratulations on completing the course

Let’s take a moment to celebrate all that we have achieved together and reflect upon the process of the past two weeks. Thanks for joining us for this short course. …

See you next week

Week 1 complete Congratulations on getting this far. By now you will have an understanding of the key concepts of big data analytics, where big data is coming from, and …

Types of data

Social media data is very rich. The information captured on platforms includes many aspects of people’s lives. Users share information about the products they like, their current mood, their travel …

Why is it challenging to analyse?

With your knowledge of the different characteristics of big data and of the many possible sources where data can come from, you can probably imagine that it is not straightforward …

Data visualisation

Data visualisation is an important part of data analytics. In particular, visualisations can help humans to examine large datasets, which would otherwise be very difficult to understand. What is it? …

Glossary

We have created a glossary to help you with some specific terms used in this course that you may be unfamiliar with. You will also find a downloadable PDF version …

How safe is my data?

You are now enrolled in this FutureLearn course. You are interacting with the site and generating data on it. Are you interested in how much of your data is collected, …