These days the rate of data capture is exploding like never before. Advances in technology have allowed us to capture and store data more cheaply and easily than ever, yet from this victory a new limitation emerges. In this new era of “big data” the factor that most often limits our ability to extract value from data is the speed at which we can analyze it. The necessity to harness larger and larger datasets at faster and faster rates has forced data scientists to really optimize their methods. Beyond the technological advances that have spurned “big data”, the Geospatial Revolution has also been quietly but profoundly changing the way we do business and live our lives.
And while, of course, corporate utilization of spatial data, big data, and data science methodologies is one obvious application, some clever and determined digital humanitarians have set out to use the power of data to change the world in remarkable ways. From all over the planet, digital humanitarians are working together around the clock to do things like aid in disaster response, ensure electoral safety, and build resilience for affected areas of the developing world. It is a quiet, underground movement of digital humanitarian volunteers and we are working together to make the world a better place. As futuristic and idealistic as all of this might sound, its real and it is happening all around you. This presentation will explore topics in data science, big data, spatial analysis, crisis mapping, and digital humanitarian response.
Lillian Pierson holds a B.S. degree in Environmental Engineering. She was a project engineer at Barnes, Ferland, and Associates before becoming a data consultant in Geographic Information Systems and interactive data visualization for Orange County Government. With over 10 combined years of experience, her specialties include spatial and environmental data analysis, and environmental engineering. Lillian Pierson founded Orlando’s Big Data and Data Science Meetup Group and The Freedom Co-op, a non-profit organization through which she volunteers in the areas of crisis mapping and digital humanitarian response. She writes on a variety of data technology topics; including big data, data science, digital humanitarian response, environmental statistics, and business intelligence. She is also a solo woman world traveler and has traveled to 20+ countries in the developing world.
8:30 Registration & Networking
9:00 Opening Remarks