Projects are a central part of BDA. Each of you can choose your own topic and data set, subject to my approval. This year, we are arranging some potential projects with local organizations. I hope someone (or a team of 2) will sign up for each of them, since they have real clients, and often have potential to lead to jobs.
Sony Playstation Network is an important part of Sony Interactive Entertainment, a profitable division of the parent company. It includes a very active web portal, which generates a lot of detailed data.
A small company near San Diego is developing technology that uses muons to detect smuggled plant matter and other illegal substances. Making the product commercially successful will depend on, among other things, how quickly and accurately it can screen. An installation is currently running and generating lots of data. Better analytics have direct value to the company.
Russian Twitter disinformatzia posts
NBC has a nice database of Russian disinformation tweets. If you are interested in Twitter or politics, they might provide the data for an good course project. Twitter deleted 200,000 Russian troll tweets. Read them here. Twitter makes it hard to find them, but NBC got some help putting together this data set.
By the way, disinformatzia is quite old. Here is a 1995 article in NYTimes.