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Big data, big opportunity

13 November 2014

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Imagine taking the data from a whole industry and being able to pinpoint its impact on human development.

Sound impossible? Well that is just one of the big data stories to be told by researchers at the Big Data, Big Opportunity conference on Wednesday November 19.

Crawford School PhD scholars will be presenting on a broad range of economic, policy, governance, environmental and resource issues. Each of the papers provides an opportunity to get advanced access to some of the emerging thinking on issues of national and international importance.

The conference will provide a forum for PhD students, academics, policymakers, and industry to jointly discuss the implications and challenges of moving towards open access data.

The event also includes a keynote speech by Prof John McMillan AO, the inaugural Australian Information Commissioner.

Conference Marketing Director and PhD student Zoe Piper said the conference is an opportunity to look at how big data could be used across sectors to create a better world.

“PhD researchers are uniquely positioned to look at the issues confronting society through fresh eyes,” Piper said.

“As the next generation of academics and policymakers, their insights on big issues – resources, health, education, economics, the environment, inequality, disaster risk management – could well change policies not just locally, but globally.”

In the afternoon, a panel session chaired by Jenny Gordon, Principal Adviser Research Canberra at the Productivity Commission, will discuss the successes, challenges, and future potential of big data. She will be joined by Andy Heys of IBM Australia, Greg Laughlin from the Australian National Data Service, Duncan Stone, of PricewaterhouseCoopers and Pia Waugh who is the Director of Coordination and Gov 2.0, Australian Government.

The event is catered by Branch Out, a community hospitality and training program working with young people with special needs to develop hospitality skills and build confidence.

The conference is open to the public and policymakers are particularly encouraged to attend. It is free but registration is essential https://crawford.anu.edu.au/events/4715/crawford-school-phd-conference-2...

Prizes of $500 will be awarded each to the best Policy, Economics and Resources and Environment presentations. A prize of $250 will be awarded to the best economics discussant.

The full program is available at http://crawfordphd.wikispaces.com/PhD+Conference+2014+–+Program

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