Big Data: What is it and how can it contribute to Sustainable Development

Watch this webinar which provides an overview on Big Data and how it contributes to achieving sustainable development.


2030 Agenda
SDG17: Partnerships for the goals
SDG 17: Systemic Issues
Big Data
2030 Agenda
big data
sustainable development

This webinar featured Dr. Emmanuel Letouzé, Director and Co-Founder of Data-Pop Alliance and Visiting Scholar at the MIT Media Lab. The session opened with an overview of the historical context and significance of the question and the description of a framework conceptualizing Big Data as an ecosystem rather than just large datasets; it then discussed its potential for monitoring progress across Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including through examples of research projects that have used data analytics for studying poverty, literacy, criminality, and mobility; it ended by covering key hurdles and requirements beyond measurement considerations, such as fostering data literacy, direct control over data and local data ecosystems, for effectively leveraging and shaping Big Data in support of sustainable development.

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