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The problem with learning Big Data in school? Not having any data

The biggest stumbling block for those teaching these classes and those wanting to learn is little to no access to large, relevant data sets.

Unless you've been living under 12 feet of ice in the Antarctic Plateau, you know that Big Data is the latest IT buzz term. IT careerists all over are advising folks get on the Big Data wagon.

Colleges are scrambling to create programs in business intelligence and Big Data analytics for those who want to work in a world overrun by data. But how's this for cruel irony? The biggest stumbling block for those teaching these classes and those wanting to learn is little to no access to large, relevant data sets.

It makes sense. What entity is going to hand over its data to be experimented on? The findings come from a recent survey of professors and students (professors at 243 universities in 43 countries and students at 96 universities) conducted by Teradata and Barb Wixom, an associate professor at the University of Virginia.

If you're thinking about taking classes in order to do data analysis in an IT/discipline, it might be a good idea to ask your advisor specifically about the availability of data to work with.

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Toni Bowers is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.

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