Centre contributes to Institute for Environmental Analytics MOOC

Centre contributes to Institute for Environmental Analytics MOOC

The Institute for Environmental Analytics visited the Centre recently to do filming for their new massive open online course (Mooc), recording footage with Big Data experts.

They spoke to Dr Frederieke Otto of climateprediction.net and the Centre's Associate Professor & Associate Director - Innovation David Wallom about the importance of open data and its applications.

The IEA Big Data for the Environment Mooc will be launched in the autumn and will be a whistle-stop three week tour of big data, with the environment as both a source of that data and requiring services in the form of big data analytics to find solutions to environmental issues. It is aimed at anyone with an interest in how data is vital to environmental monitoring and analysis.

Week one will focus on 'big data', from the use of cloud computing to the masses of satellite data and data storage. The second week, 'data to discovery' will focus on finding data and the challenges of handling data, including open data, metadata and the role of the data scientist. The third and final week will highlight that small data can also be vital, that size isn't everything, so there will be examples of individual readings and their value as well as combining large and small datasets to find solutions and answers.

The Centre and the IEA, which was set up in 2016 to bridge the gap between scientific research and industry, are collaborating on a number of projects including a free one day-workshop on Visualization.

The IEA is looking for PhD students who are familiar with big data and/or environmental science to help with monitoring learner discussion boards on the Big Data for the Environment Mooc when it launches, in return for a small fee. For more information contact their Training Manager Vicky Lucas.