Data Digest: Week of 8/12

Last week in data — Scientific findings benefit everyone, but how do the shared benefits translate into shared responsibility for storage and funding? If a company pays to collect information, should all other parties have access to it…

Q&A with Dean AnnaLee Saxenian

Using the same online platform that will soon host the MIDS classes, I recently connected with Dean AnnaLee Saxenian (Anno) to discuss the I School’s vision for this degree, as well as information on what type of students they’re seeking and where she sees the field of data science going.

Chris Jordan: Turning Powerful Stats Into Art

Artist Chris Jordan creates intricate data visualizations to give meaning to the abstract statistics we are bombarded with each day. In this 2008 TED Talk, he explains his process of using large format artwork to transform the raw language of data into a universal visual language that can be both seen and felt.

Data Digest: Week of 8/5

This week in data – data takes on NFL football, taxi-on-call services like Uber see surprising returns, auto insurers move towards usage-based policies, data science helps the music industry keep track of royalties, and GE’s data competition yields amazing results for airport efficiency.

Book Review: “Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think”

“Big data” — we hear the term all of the time, but what does it really mean? Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Kenneth Cukier’s 2013 bestseller, “Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think,” attempts to answer this question with a solid overview of the promises, advancements, issues and implications of the big data revolution.

Malte Spitz: Your Phone Company is Watching

In his 2012 TED Talk, Malte Spitz shares how his phone company legally collected more than 35,000 lines of information about calls made and received and their location. He believes that organizations that have access to this type of information could create similar data maps that reveal what an entire society is doing and could possibly use this information to control society.