Big Data experts to get charities up to speed

The third sector will this week receive the lowdown on how to leverage Big Data for its own ends, albeit in a not-for-profit way, such as speeding up research and reducing costs.

To be held at Oxford University’s Said Business School, the one-day masterclass will teach attendees via workshops how to improve the use of data in their socially-led enterprises.

It will be hosted by Founders Forum for Good, the charity of Baroness Lane-Fox, and feature the world wide web’s architect Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Mike Lynch, founder of Autonomy.

Although the event, Big Data for Big Impact, is invite-only, its organisers have said they would consider requests to attend from those who feel it is relevant to them or their work.

In terms of invited delegates, they are likely to include social entrepreneurs and charity chiefs who pre-date “the Facebook age”, as Mr Lynch has said, and seek ‘know-how’ on Big Data.

Delegates will reportedly be advised on how to code cheaply and efficiently, achieve better rankings on search engines and understand and analyse data crucial to their work.

The full day’s itinerary, including presentations, interactive discussions and practical workshops, will also cover the potential privacy pitfalls that come with Big Data.

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