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 speakers and other events open to the GVSU community and the public.  Use the menu "Programs and Contacts" menu at the top of this page to learn about:  our Digital Studies minor; our Data Science minor; masters programs in Data Science and in Health Infomatics; and our Study Abroad program in Switzerland.  There are also courses in our curriculum 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.  In addition, 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

FOIA-Fest on September 27

September 21, 2018

This Big Data Month event revolves around access to information laws and the public's right to know.

September: Big Data Month!

August 24, 2018

Big Data Month 2018 will feature multiple events revolving around data analytics: speakers from the City of Grand Rapids and NOAA; FOIA-Fest; presentations by GVSU faculty; and the Big Data Ignite Conference.

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.

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