Is Big Data's buzz giving your nonprofit a big headache? What is Big Data, anyway?
Wikipedia defines Big Data as "data sets with sizes beyond the ability of commonly used software tools to capture, curate, manage, and process the data within a tolerable elapsed time. [Sizes] range from a few dozen terabytes to many petabytes of data in a single data set."
Perhaps your own existing data is already overwhelming you, even if it's only a few gigabytes. This live chat will cover:
- Why should small nonprofits care about Big Data?
- How can they use it to understand their impact and operating environments?
- How can they make it work with the data they're already collecting?
- What kinds of data should they collect in the first place?
Nonprofit technology enthusiasts Steve Boland and Jake Porway will provide answers, concrete examples, and first steps at our free live chat on Wednesday, April 24, 3-4pm ET at GrantSpace.
Steve specializes in nonprofit technology implementation and operations, with a special place in his heart for open-source products. He also is a contributing writer for Nonprofit Quarterly, for which he wrote "Big Data for Little Nonprofits" in Nov. 2012.
Jake is the founder and executive director of DataKind, which brings together leading data scientists with high impact social organizations to better collect, analyze, and visualize data in the service of humanity. He wrote "You Can't Just Hack Your Way to Social Change" for HBR Blog Network last month.