Thursday, April 17, 2014: Steve Ruggles on the History and Future of Big Data
The History and Future of Big Data for Population Research
Steven Ruggles, Director of the Minnesota Population Center.
The University of Minnesota has led the world in creating innovative population data infrastructure. As a direct consequence of these innovations, the world’s supply of accessible population data has already grown by a factor of 10. By 2018, demographic researchers will have access to over two billion records of freely accessible microdata from over 100 countries, dating from 1703 to the present. Another two to four billion records will become available through restricted-access data enclaves. Steven Ruggles, architect of the Minnesota system, takes us on a journey through the history of data processing technology since 1850, from tally-marks on “Spread-Sheets” in the early nineteenth century to modern computing. He outlines the Minnesota revolution in population data infrastructure and discusses the research potential of these new resources, focusing particularly on new opportunities for spatiotemporal analysis.
This event has been designated by the Office of the Vice President for Research to satisfy the Awareness/Discussion component of the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) continuing education requirement. This talk occurred on Thursday, April 17, 2014, at 4:00 p.m. in Nolte 125.
Cosponsored by the Minnesota Population Center and the Department of History.