This article has been an open tab on my browser for a few months (tabs are just another way to store massive amounts of information that I’ll likely never get to): Data, Data Everywhere:
All these examples tell the same story: that the world contains an unimaginably vast amount of digital information which is getting ever vaster ever more rapidly. This makes it possible to do many things that previously could not be done: spot business trends, prevent diseases, combat crime and so on. Managed well, the data can be used to unlock new sources of economic value, provide fresh insights into science and hold governments to account.
But they are also creating a host of new problems. Despite the abundance of tools to capture, process and share all this information—sensors, computers, mobile phones and the like—it already exceeds the available storage space. Moreover, ensuring data security and protecting privacy is becoming harder as the information multiplies and is shared ever more widely around the world
Until recently, information abundance was an effect of the internet. Now the relationship has been altered: Information abundance now drives everything. More than any element, this abundance changes society, technology, business, government, and education. As Anderson stated three decades ago: More is Different. While at the EDEN conference in Valencia, during a keynote panel, the question was asked about future directions in the educational technology field. My response: for near-term and long-term impact, learning analytics promises to form the basis of new trends, decision making models, teaching, governance, and new opportunities in education. At TEKRI , we involved in organizing a conference in December (Banff, Alberta) on learning analytics to tackle this topic in more depth. If you’re interested in being involved in organizing or sponsoring the event, let me know.