Facebook has been going for so long that, when it started out, the term ‘social networking’ referred to meeting people, shaking their hands, and exchanging business cards. Now it’s all online; we poke, post and like–some of us even vine, tweet and instagram. Facebook began as a Harvard-based contacts directory. Today, it’s a global juggernaut of realtime, mostly accurate data from about one billion users. This is Big Data.
You may have heard of Universities Week (9-15 June 2014). This is a week where universities across the UK invite everyone to be inspired, get involved and discover the work that we are doing to improve the way we live our lives. This year, there were several activities that took place throughout the UK–including one by us here at Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU). Last Wednesday, we held a Psychology themed event at our award-winning library, Augustine House. Year Eight pupils from local Canterbury secondary schools attended the event.