Big Data explained
The Big Data team is forming collaborative research partnerships with experts from across our challenge and other challenges and institutions to build a collaborative framework to articulate and answer research questions of significant importance to New Zealand and to the wider academic and policy communities.
What we are doing
- The team has a wide range of expertise in the use of the Integrated Data Infrastructure.
- Consulting with Māori and Pacific stakeholders to develop guidelines for using big data in a way that is appropriate for these communities.
- A paper has been published in an international journal showing a decline in obesity in NZ 4-year-olds.
Associate Professor Barry Milne
Theme Leader - Barry leads the microsimulation analysis for the theme
Barry Milne leads the microsimulation analysis for the Big Data theme. Barry is Director of the Centre of Methods and Policy Application in the Social Sciences (COMPASS) at the University of Auckland. His background is in investigating the life-course development of health and social outcomes, most recently using the Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI).
Dr Nichola Shackleton
Senior Research Fellow - Nichola leads the big data analysis pf 'healthy weight' outcomes.
Nichola Shackleton is Deputy Director of the Centre for Methods and Policy Application in the Social Sciences (COMPASS) at the University of Auckland. She is a quantitative social scientist who uses advanced quantitative methods to analyse survey and population-level data (e.g., the Integrated Data Infrastructure). Her research focuses on the interplay between child health and the school environment, inequalities in child health, and measuring and evaluating aspects of the school environment.
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