Top Universities Leading the Big Data Revolution
Think about all of the data being generated today by users on their computers, tablets, smartphones, and other connected devices. Everything you do online generates data in some form. Big Data is the extremely large data sets companies analyze to uncover patterns, trends, and associations between human behavior and their interactions.
Top universities like UC Berkeley and MIT are now making Big Data a key component of all degrees, not just data science majors.
Remember decades ago when every major in college required a course in computer science to educate the masses on how computers work and what you can do with them? Today’s revolution is Big Data, and universities are jumping on board.
UC Berkeley recently announced a major reorganization of their curriculum. They will require each student be fluent not only in writing, math, reading, and their core degree subjects, but also in data.
MIT is also making data science a requisite for each of their degrees. They announced in October 2018 a $1 billion investment in integrating computing and data science into all their degrees.
The Wall Street Journal recently reported that today’s internet usage generates about 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every day, which is 25 followed by 17 zeroes. That massive amount of data touches every aspect of life, from social media to traffic patterns in cities to the Internet of Things and so much more. Any device connected to the internet generates data, and it’s a key desire to interpret that data and use it to inform, predict, and infer.
But data science in and of itself isn’t enough. You must match it with subject matter expertise to make sense of it. For example, someone who works in fashion design must be able to take Big Data generated from social media and other digital avenues to infer and predict what will be hot in fashion next year. So, leading universities realize how Big Data dovetails with every major they offer.
Whether teams work on projects today, they incorporate not only engineers but also marketing people, IT, operations, R&D, and even legal counsel. The one thing that can unite everyone on the project is Big Data. This is why an understanding of data analysis is necessary for everyone today.