The hidden architecture of higher education: building a big data infrastructure for the ‘smarter university’

  title={The hidden architecture of higher education: building a big data infrastructure for the ‘smarter university’},
  author={Ben Williamson},
  journal={International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education},
  • Ben Williamson
  • Published 8 March 2018
  • Computer Science
  • International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education
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