Use of Big Data to predict human behaviour demands regulation, says UCC professor

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on October 22nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Privacy and data protection legislation worldwide is ill-equipped to deal with the Big Data revolution, according to a University College Cork professor. Professor Maeve McDonagh from UCC’s School of Law and an academic lawyer was speaking at a panel discussion at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, organised by the Permanent Mission of Ireland to the United Nations and UCC …” (more)

[Steve Neville, Irish Examiner, 21 October]

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Why Big Data, Not MOOCs, Will Revolutionize Education

Posted in Teaching on August 16th, 2013 by steve

“… Don’t get me wrong, online learning will fundamentally transform higher education, bridging distances and creating access in ways that have not been possible before. But, in this arena, MOOCs are not a transformative innovation that will forever remake academia …” (more)

[Doug Guthrie, US News and World Report, 15 August]

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Elsevier’s slice of Big Data pie

Posted in Research on April 14th, 2013 by steve

“One of the more illuminating points made during the twitter storm that followed Tuesday’s announcement of the Elsevier Mendeley takeover came from @researchremix [Heather Piwowar]. To recap: Elsevier (academic publisher) acquired Mendelay (a reference management platform) for up to £65m …” (more)

[DarkRepository, 10 April]

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Universities mine institutional data in search of gold

Posted in Governance and administration on February 28th, 2013 by steve

“Analysis of information on staff and students can help to improve recruitment and retention. Universities risk losing their competitive edge if they do not make better use of the information they are collecting from students and lecturers, experts have warned …” (more)

[Chris Parr, Times Higher Education, 28 February]