My co-PI, Dr. Linda Neihm, and our project to use big data in support of rural economic development received some more coverage. As I note in the article, big data are continuing to grow, but research and extension struggle with best practices for utilization of that data, especially in the development of practical uses. We know that there are numerous factors that influence the survival and growth of rural businesses, but current efforts have not yet utilized big data to dig into the relative importance of those various factors. Our work will do just that.
Read more at: https://www.hs.iastate.edu/news/2017/09/12/linda-niehm-big-data/