President Barack Obama’s Big Data Keynote – Strata + Hadoop World 2015

So nice to see that the president of the US believes in the importance of Data Science and Open Data



President Barack Obama talks about the importance of Big Data and Data Science, and introduces Dr. DJ Patil as the first ever Chief Data Scientist and Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Data Policy.

Dr. Patil will work with the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Data4Good competition hosted by Kaggle – National Data Science Bowl – Assessing Ocean Health – Starting December 15th


Enter the first-ever National Data Science Bowl – Assessing Ocean Health

12.15.2014 – 3.16.2015


The National Data Science Bowl is a first-of-its-kind competition asking data scientists to use their skills and big data for social good.

Kaggle and Booz | Allen | Hamilton have just launched the National Data Science Bowl. It is a data science competition hosted at Kaggle.

Learn more:

If you are interested in getting started, a tutorial is available in iPython format. Best of Luck!


Coursera – Social Media Analysis – Michigan Univerity

University of Michigan

The Social Network Analysis MOOC started this week on Coursera.
The course is given by Lada Adamic, an assiciate professor at MU who took a sabbatical year to go and work at Facebook. A year later she’s back with this inspiring course.
Lada Adamic will introduce you to social network mechanics and concepts. The tool of choice in this case is Gephi, which is a free to use graph/network visualisation tool.
This 8 week course combines video lectures with homework assignments during which you will learn to use Gephi and apply the freshly acquired knowledge on real data sets.
The course offers the possibility to apply for a certificate.

As a personal note from Glenn Vanderlinden:

I already went through the first couple of units and it looks rather interesting. It makes use of Gephi, which is to an extent an alternative to Neo4j. Might be interested for people who attended the last Meetup or who are interested in graph/network analysis. I hope this is useful for the community.


Lada Adamic

Lada Adamic

Coursera – Process Mining -TU Eindhoven – starts Nov 12th



Process Mining: Data science in Action

Process mining is the missing link between model-based process analysis and data-oriented analysis techniques. Through concrete data sets and easy to use software the course provides data science knowledge that can be applied directly to analyze and improve processes in a variety of domains.

Course at a Glance

4-6 hours of work / week
English subtitles

What skills are these data science start-ups looking for?


Interesting article  posted in yCombinator, a community for angel investors. They looked at job ads posted by various analytic-intensive start-ups in 2014.


Here are the skills these start-ups are looking for, according to yCombinator:

  • Data visualization
  • Machine learning
  • Distributed systems
  • Familiarity with compliance & security standards including PCI DSS, FFIEC, GLBA, ISO 27001, HIPAA, and NIST
  • Well versed in JSP, JavaScript, JSON, XML (VXML & CCXML)
  • Experience with source code control tools
  • 2+ years of Java experience
  • Fluency in Python, Java, C++, or similar (Python strongly preferred)
  • Production experience with relational databases
  • Experience with distributed caching techniques
  • Solid foundation in data structures, algorithms and complexity analysis
  • Strong programming background in Linux
  • Passion for security, and a practical and balanced approach to security issues
  • Familiarity with AWS and MySQL
  • A knack for solving complex UI & UX problems
  • Experience building your own MEAN apps
  • Expertise in building clean, api driven code
  • Optimizing marketing strategies based on performance metrics.
  • from backend Python services to slick dashboard features in JavaScript.
  • Advise clients on strategies to meet their marketing objectives.
  • You’ve built and launched your own projects.
  • You have a Github account and you read Hacker News
  • You know what it means to build lean and iterate.
  • Node/Express
  • AWS
  • MySQL
  • AngularJS
  • Objective-C
  • Java Android SDK
  • 5 years of relevant work experience, including large systems software design and development experience, with knowledge of UNIX/Linux.
  • A Polyglot with experience applying multiple web development languages to live applications.
  • well-versed in a Python web stack
  • strong UI development experience using HTML, CSS and JavaScript/AJAX.
  • a solid foundation in computer science, you have strong competencies in data structures, algorithms, and software design.

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