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March 15, 2013

Big Data and Edchatie

#edchatie Influencers
Bernie Goldbach in LSAD Clonmel | Data from Hashify.me

BIG DATA INTERSECTS Irish educators in several places like the Monday evening #edchatie discussions.

Inspired by Simon Lewis, I looked at who is most influential during those recurring discussions. At least two of the most influential plan to attend the annual ICT in Education Conference in Thurles. With a little prodding, perhaps more than half of the most influential Irish Twitter voices in education will meet up in May on the campus of the Limerick Institute of Technology in Thurles.

In the meantime, I have 30 Web Analytics students drilling into the #edchatie transcripts to document the share of the voices, engagement and impact of embedded placement in the cross-talk. And the Irish government is interested in making these kinds of analyses more sophisticated as funding comes available for big data programmes.

Data Analytics

As explained in the audio clip above, the Irish government is pumping one million euro into a research programme at the University College Dublin because the data suggests the field will offer substantial growth in terms of jobs and industry. We have several academic modules that dovetail into this finding: Web Analytics and Web Intelligence. Around 4.4 million jobs will be created in data analytics around the world over the course of the next five years. Some of them should be in Ireland.

Simon Lewis -- "Five to follow on Twitter" for St Patrick's Day and "Five to Follow on Twitter" for International Women's Day and "Five to Follow on Twitter" for International Book Day on his Anseo blog, March 15, 2013 and March 8, 2013 and March 1, 2013.

Peter Flanagan -- "Government pumps €1m into fast-growing 'big data' sector" in the Irish Independent, March 15, 2013.

Bernie Goldbach teaches Web Analytics as part of the creative multimedia Honours degree programme in the Limerick Institute of Technology.


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Will any of those 30 students present their findings at Tipp Inst?

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