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Data Science and those in IT

action 002.jpgRecently Irving Wladawsky-Berger wrote a post Data Science - the Emergence of a New Discipline that provide some good material and a perspective of Data Science that those in IT should embrace.


One item he mentions is: “Data Science: An Introduction, a wikibook being developed as a tutorial on the subject, describes data science as ‘a child born of the mature parental disciplines of scientific methods, data and software engineering, statistics, and visualization, . . . a mash-up of several different disciplines.’”


This book is a basic introduction to data science that is being created dynamically. It describes the wider impact where data science techniques are being applied.


I am part of the curriculum development committee at SMU. A number of years ago, we discussed the need to increase the analytics courses in their business school. The SMU students are now reaping the benefits of that coursework development. Within HP we are rolling out a “data scientist” community internally, so that as people gain experience they can share what they learned with individuals in other domains… Almost every individual (or organization) can do something now to become more aware and involved, if they have not already.


It is not that these techniques are really that new, it is more that the computing capabilities have expanded so they are applicable in more places than ever. One work of caution though, my view is that it is not about greater insight but about the reduction in “time-to-action”.

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  • Steve Simske is an HP Fellow and Director in the Printing and Content Delivery Lab in Hewlett-Packard Labs, and is the Director and Chief Technologist for the HP Labs Security Printing and Imaging program.
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