Thoughts on the Data Ecosystem

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Of Unicorns and Clydesdales: Data Science at the Departmental Level

November 7, 2014 by Ken Kaczmarek

Much electronic ink has been spilled on the rise of the data scientist.

They’ve been called sexy. They’ve been called unicorns. And, we clearly see a direct correlation between this recent adulation and the uptick in searches for “sexy unicorn”. (At least, I hope that’s the reason).

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Code for America: City of Chicago Edition

October 21, 2014 by Nate Williams

I had a chance to attend an excellent meetup of the Chicago City Data User Group last week, which focused on Chicago’s contribution to the Code for America Summit:

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Enterprise Data Projects: It Takes a Village

October 13, 2014 by Ken Kaczmarek

I recently found an article discussing the four different types of Data Scientists. Turns out there’s a quite a bit of wiggle in what the term “Data Scientist” might mean – from business savant to data viz wiz to world class coder to Ph.D. in statistics. A question is posed:

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Machine Vision: The Next Wave of Big Data

October 8, 2014 by Nate Williams

Recently, we’ve been seeing a lot of news about the promise of emerging applications for machine vision.

Much of it’s at the trial stage at this point, particularly with Google Glass and related projects. For instance, the police in Dubai are testing facial recognition on the streets, ER doctors are exploring uses for quick access to critical medical records and Walgreens is experimenting with augmented reality in stores.

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Using Data for Social Good

October 3, 2014 by Nate Williams

There’s a burst of really interesting things happening in data science these days. One of the more exciting ones is the growing movement to utilize open data to make government more responsive, accountable and effective.

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