Who Needs Data Visualization?

It appears everybody does.

This slide presentation provides a nonbiased review of the aspects companies are currently looking for in a data visualization tool. The major needs are better Data Management and Visualizations for KPIs (Key Performance Indicators).

For me the biggest finding of this whole report is the variety of interest in data visualization. Industries from healthcare to non-profits to manufacturing are all interested in better visualization. The size of the company doesn’t seem to matter either. Companies big and small are all interested. Also, technical and nontechnical people are seeing the need for improved data visualization.

What does this all mean? It is a great time to be a data scientist!

If you or your company are looking for a new data visualization tool, this slide deck and report is definitely worth a glance.

A complete detailed report of the Software Advice survey can be found at Data Visualization Software 2014.

Data Science 101 Gets A New Theme and URL

As of this past weekend, you will notice the blog has a new look. Hopefully the new look will be cleaner and easier to navigate. Data Science 101 also has a new address at 101.datascience.community.

All the same content is still available and the the old blog posts will automatically redirect to the new address.

Stay Tuned this week as more great content will be appearing.

Want to Attend Strata + Hadoop World for Free?

Amplify Partners, a venture firm investing in IT Infrastructure companies, has announced the AMPLIFY PARTNERS DATA & ANALYTICS FELLOWSHIP. The fellowship provides:

  • Complimentary conference registration
  • Airfare
  • Hotel Accomadations
  • VIP conference event with Amplify Partners and special guests

The Strata + Hadoop World Conference will take place in New York City on October 15-17, 2014. This is one of the largest and best conferences for data science.

Hurry, because applications are due by September 30, 2014.

Free Big Data MOOC

Coursera is offering the course Mining of Massive Datasets from Stanford University. This is a popular course at Stanford and goes along with the book by the same name. The FREE course starts September 29, 2014, and runs for 7 weeks. The prerequisites are some SQL, algorithms, and data structures knowledge.

Thanks to David Trower for the tip on this course

What is Big Data? from datascience@berkeley

Jenna Dutcher, community relations manager for the datascience@berkeley online master’s program, interviewed more than 40 thought leaders to answer this one simple question: What is big data? (Full disclosure: I was honored to be asked to provided a definition on the list.)

The answers are quite diverse and definitely worth reading.

I thought Hal Varian, Chief Economist at Google, provided one of the simplest and best definitions.

Big data means data that cannot fit easily into a standard relational database.

See the full list of What is Big Data?

Which definition is your favorite? How would you define big data?

List of Over 200 Data Science College Programs

My previous list of Colleges with Data Science Degrees has grown very large, and numerous people have requested the ability to sort and/or filter. Thus, I built a new list. It is available at: Data Science Colleges. As far as I know, this is the most comprehensive list of data science programs available. Here are some of the features it offers:

  • Over 200 Programs
  • Certificate, Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate programs included
  • Sort and Filter Programs
  • US and International
  • Program Name
  • Location
  • Online Programs
  • Ability to download the raw data as CSV or JSON

Yes, you read that last one correctly. All the data is freely available for you. If you do use the data for something, I would love to know and potentially blog about it.

The list will continue to evolve. If you find any broken links or missing programs, please leave a comment. Also, please leave a comment if you can think of ways to improve the list.