Big Data in the arts and culture sector: a mini series

This week I’m going to write a post a day about how Big Data is relevant to the arts and culture sector.

Data seems to be flavour of the month in the cultural sector, with the recent announcement of funding for research into the arts and Big Data, the new Audience Finder service and the increasing volume of words on the subject that seem to be filling up my RSS reader to pick just a handful of examples.

Now, I’m all for evidence-based decision making, but there’s something about the current starry-eyed fascination with Big Data (not to mention the way it looks ominously like wooly marketing/sales-speak) that’s put me off the subject a bit. I’ve voiced some concern about the money that’s been thrown towards it, but happily accept that I don’t know the whole picture. It’s something I want to get my head round and I tend to find that a good way of doing that is to write some blog posts.

Here’s what I’m planning to write about over the course of this week:

The subjects of the posts are subject to change, by the way, but I wanted to give you a flavour of what to expect.

At the end of the week I’ll do some sort of round-up but if you want to keep up-to-date with everything then subscribe to this blog (RSS isn’t dead, yo) and/or follow me on Twitter.

And please – there are very few experts out there and I’d certainly not hold myself out as being top of the tree. I look up to lots of the people who I know read this blog and I’d be grateful for any insight or experience anyone could add.

Should be fun.

Published by Chris Unitt

I work at One Further, doing digital projects with cultural organisations. Follow @ChrisUnitt or find me on LinkedIn.

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