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How Small Nonprofits Can Use Big Data

Apr 24, 2013

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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."

Is Big Data's buzz giving your nonprofit a big headache? 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?

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Steve Boland

Steve Boland specializes in nonprofit technology implementation and operations, with a special place in his heart for open-source products. Steve is a contributing writer for Nonprofit Quarterly and has served as Executive Director of three nonprofit organizations in his career. Steve was the founding manager of the eBusiness Institute at Minnesota Technology, and continues to advocate for internet-based business solutions.

Jake Porway

Jake Porway is a machine learning and technology enthusiast who loves nothing more than seeing good values in data. He is the founder and executive director of DataKind, an organization that brings together leading data scientists with high impact social organizations to better collect, analyze, and visualize data in the service of humanity. Jake was most recently the data scientist in the New York Times R&D lab and remains an active member of the data science community.

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