Briefing Room


Gathering, usage of massive data to be examined in March

January 21, 2014 | Events

What do Facebook, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Security Agency, and perhaps your city’s board of education have in common?

The answer lies in the gathering and use of massive data sets, measurable in terabytes – trillions of pieces of information. According to the National Research Council, the availability of these data sets “is transforming the way we think about crisis response, marketing, entertainment, cybersecurity, and national intelligence. It is also transforming how we think about information storage and retrieval. Collections of documents, images, videos, and networks are being thought of not merely as bit strings to be stored, indexed, and retrieved, but also as potential sources of discovery and knowledge … ”

Big Data Future, a free, public, multidisciplinary conference at The Ohio State University on March 19-21 will explore the possibilities for new enterprises grounded in Big Data to improve economic, social, and political life. It aims to both publicize the potential of Big Data and to raise awareness of key legal and policy challenges.

Attendees will learn how such data are gathered and analyzed and explore the potential impacts of Big Data on the economy, on government, on health, education and social welfare, and on the future of cities. They also will hear about the movement for Open Data, and the concerns Big Data poses for privacy, security, and infrastructure.

All presentations will be held in the William B. Saxbe Law Auditorium at Ohio State’s Moritz College of Law. Those who register in advance will receive lunch and an invitation to a reception for speakers and attendees.