By Trisha Kholiya
Each day, our society creates 2.5 quintillion bytes of data (that’s 2.5 followed by 18 zeros!) and a whopping 92 percent of all the data in the world was created in just the last two years. In other words, there’s a lot of data and it’s growing fast.
In parallel with its growth in volume and diversity, the value of data is also growing. While all of this is great news for researchers and industry professionals, managing and making sense of such a massive volume of information is often a challenge. That’s where the organizers of a new series of Big Data Day Camps at the Qualcomm Institute (QI) at UC San Diego hope to change things.
“Our mission is to help create the 21st century workforce of Big Data experts by leading a collaborative, nationwide education and training effort among academia, industry and government via a novel, multi-level curriculum,” said Natasha Balac, organizer of the series and director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Data Science at QI. “We’ve created a space where where industry professionals, researchers and graduate students alike can come together to learn how to use data to make wise, actionable decisions.”
The five-part series kicked off October 25th with a two-day crash course on big data basics and will continue into 2019. Each course will be grounded in real-life case studies and successful applications of new concepts with hands-on components to accelerate students’ abilities to quickly apply their newly learned skills.
“Conventional analytics tools are not designed to capture, curate, manage and process large quantities of data generated by most enterprises,” Balac said. “These QI day camps provide the Big Data community with conceptual and hands-on training for the critical data analysis techniques that help discover patterns and relationships, which in turn contribute to accurate, actionable and agile insights.”
QI offers a comprehensive series of training day camps at Atkinson Hall on the UC San Diego campus, as well as on-site courses at education and business institutions interested in customized versions for their enterprise. More information on the logistics of the sessions and directions on how to register can be found at http://seminarseries.ucsd.edu/big-data-day-camp/.