Data Digest: Week of 7/29

This week in data — a merger creates the largest ad company in the world, Colorado Public Schools use big data to improve performance, Hilary Mason leaves bitly, smartphone apps lead to medical advances, and the NSA analyzes your data (legally).

Erez Lieberman Aiden and Jean-Baptiste Michel: What We Learned From 5 Million Books

In their 2011 TED Talk, Harvard researchers Erez Lieberman Aiden and Jean-Baptiste Michel use Google’s Ngram Viewer phrase-usage graphing tool to demonstrate how digitizing the historical record will transform our understanding of history, language, and culture.

Data Digest: Week of 7/22

This week in data — ESPN poaches Nate Silver from the New York Times, police scan license plates for signs of theft, volunteers crowdsource radiation tracking in Japan, smart cars get even smarter, and Netflix creates television with you in mind.

Data After Death

A recent DataEDGE 2013 panel explored the emerging debate over what happens to the digital data that is left behind after a person has passed away. Stephen Wu touched on the legal aspects of the “digital afterlife.” One of the key questions at hand — can digital assets be considered “property,” or do they require new guidelines for appropriate disbursement? How can you best protect your digital assets, and yourself?

Hans Rosling: Stats That Reshape Your Worldview

Public health professor Hans Rosling shows how data visualization tools can “animate and liberate” United Nations’ data about developing nations in his 2006 TED Talk.

Welcome to the datascience@berkeley Blog

By now, you’ve heard the news — the UC Berkeley School of Information is launching the Master of Information and Data Science (MIDS) degree delivered online, and we’re excited about …