Why Big Data Will Never Be Big Enough To Handle The Social

12:00pm Wednesday, April 17, 2013 The Commons
Nancy Baym, Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research New England

Nancy Baym "Big Data" are receiving an enormous amount of well-deserved buzz as they call on us to rethink who can do science and how it can be done. Yet there is also a certain blind optimism that with enough data, we will understand everything! This discussion will challenge this optimism, particularly as it relates to the study of people. Nancy Baym will draw on her experience at Microsoft Research, an interdisciplinary basic research lab where people are actively trying to create bridges between big data and ethnographic analysis.

The Idea Café is intended to elicit energetic exchanges between attendees in response to the speaker's introduction.

Lunch is provided. RSVP by April 9 to thecommons@ku.edu. Limit 40 guests.

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Data & Democracy, Idea Café