Dr. Vladimir Eskin
Dr. Eskin’s presentation introduced the concepts and issues of Big Data and Open Data, giving examples of big data companies and the tools used to collect, visualize, and create data-driven content. He discussed upcoming technologies which will simplify accessing and understanding data, such as global repositories of public and open data; crowd-sourced web- and mobile-based data collection as a low cost alternative to traditional surveys and censuses; and online data visualization and analysis tools instead of traditional desktop software.
Dr. Sheldon published the first scholarly work on IT and Tourism. Dr. Eskin has extensive experience with government agencies, international organizations (IMF, OECD, WHO, etc.) and private companies.Dr. Eskin has also provided a big data tourism tool to the TIM School that is currently being used by students and state researchers.The panelists will comment on the implementation and applications of the Hawai‘i State visitor data portal.
Panelists included Daniel Nahoopii, Director of Tourism Research, Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, and Daniel Spencer, Professor at the School of Travel Industry Management. Dr. Juanita Liu served as moderator.