Big Data and Data Analytics at GVSU

Grand Valley State University has many talented faculty, staff, and students working in the field of data analytics. We offer courses and programs in the field of data analytics as well as more general courses of study that address our students’ need to understand how “Big Data”  is transforming our everyday life, and what role they will play in shaping its future. Click here for a sampling of "Big Data" projects currently underway at Grand Valley.

“Big Data” refers to the sharp increase of the size, arrival rate and complexity of data that is being generated and collected by business, government, non-profits and other organizations.  The rapid increase in the amount of data will create new opportunities that will transform many fields of study, such as business, health, the sciences, and politics.  It will also create new challenges as organizations try to learn how to store, manage, analyze, and preserve our ever-increasing bodies of data. “Data Science” or “Data Analytics” is the name of the academic area that studies “Big Data,” but different disciplines have their own terminology for it, such as “business intelligence,” “marketing analytics,” or “information management.”  

The effects of big data are profound. Everything from tracking disease across the world, managing cities and crisis situations, employing marketing techniques to specify individual consumers, targeting business solutions, and winning elections are just a few of the ways that our society has been changed by big data. And the most obvious effect is the ethical implications of all of this -- questions of privacy and ethical use. 

Big Data at GVSU News

Big Data Percolator on May 3

March 27, 2018

Benefit from discussions about your projects, find faculty collaborators, share ideas for resources, or simply explore the possibilities. The scope of Digital is meant to be broad and welcoming.

Coming to GVSU: Fake News & Big Data

November 15, 2017

MSU Assistant Professor Jiliang Tang will be visiting GVSU on Friday, December 1 to speak on the detection of "fake news" with big data techniques.

Hans Rosling Dies At 68

February 07, 2017

Hans Rosling, famous for his data analytics and visualization and videos, passed away on February 7, 2017.

Workshops and a Faculty Learning Community During Winter 2017

January 25, 2017

The Big Data Initiative has announced workshops for faculty, staff, and students for Winter 2017, as well as a Faculty Learning Community.

Big Data Networking Event To Be Held on January 24

December 20, 2016

Join GVSU colleagues to discuss what is happening on campus around the teaching and scholarship of data: big, medium, and small.

View More Big Data at GVSU News

Page last modified March 10, 2017