Key Takeaways: Data scientists at Facebook are working on ways to use data science for good to solve big problems. Using data generated by the ‘safety check’ and ‘community help’ functions on the platform, Brandon Rohrer and his team have helped create disaster maps to aid first responders in... Read more
Andy Eschbacher, Map Scientist at CARTO, on getting the most out of spatial data at ODSC East 2018
Key Takeaways: GIS is an art and a science, requiring sophisticated software and a keen focus on aesthetics Organization and visualization of data from online platforms like Twitter can provide insights into geographic and geological phenomena Spatial data can be subject to optimization processes in ways that make businesses... Read more
Cathy O’Neil, bestselling author of ‘Weapons of Math Destruction,’ on the promises and perils of algorithms in everyday life at ODSC East 2018
In her talk at ODSC East 2018, Dr. Catherine (Cathy) O’Neil, author of New York Times bestseller Weapons of Math Destruction, described the pitfalls of placing blind trust in algorithms. With a series of examples, Dr. O’Neil showed how algorithms – often seen as sacrosanct when shrouded in the... Read more
Agile Data Science Insights from ODSC East 2018
If it’s one thing your data scientists want you to know about agile, it’s that they don’t want to be forced into unnecessary meetings and micromanagement.  The top-down heavy ‘agile’ practices across many organizations have led to widespread skepticism and even downright rebuke from some data scientists. Ironic, given... Read more
Visualization throughout the data science workflow with Lindsay Brin, PhD, Data Scientist at T4G Limited at ODSC East 2018
Summary: In the eyes of Dr. Lindsay Brin, data scientist at T4G Limited, there are three steps in the data science workflow: process, insight, and communication. During her talk “Visualization throughout the data science workflow: Why It’s Useful and How Not to Lie” at ODSC East 2018, Brin expanded upon the... Read more
ODSC East 2018 – Open Source Data Science Project Award Winner : the Chainer Framework
While ODSC brings together the future of AI at each of its conferences for conversations and continued collaboration to push the boundaries of data science, it also seeks to spotlight and acknowledge some of the most impactful work happening in the field.   There have been many incredible advance... Read more
Drew Conway, PhD, Founder and CEO at Alluvium, Cofounder of DataKind discusses best practices for building strong data science teams at ODSC East 2018
Key Points: Hiring managers and business leaders often overestimate data scientists’ capabilities, resulting in inefficiencies in the hiring process and poor performance from data science teams The pre-interview process is crucial. It should involve thoughtful contemplation about the role and why it’s needed, and effective phone screens to ensure... Read more
What I Enjoyed Most at ODSC East 2018
Last week I had the opportunity to attend Open Data Science Conference in Boston.  It was awesome to see people just walking around who I had previously read about or I’m following them on twitter.  It was even nicer to meet some of these people, and I was amazed at how... Read more
A Twitter Review of ODSC East 2018
Earlier this month, another successful edition of the Open Data Science Conference occurred in Boston. It was one of our largest conferences ever with over 4500 attendees, 200+ speakers and countless connections that widened the scope of data science for all. ODSC East 2018 featured a treasure trove of... Read more
An Open Data Science Live Stream For the Ages: ODSC East 2018 Recap
On May 1-4th, 2018, data scientists from around the world gathered in Boston, Massachusetts for the fourth annual Open Data Science Conference East. With over 4,500 attendees hailing from academia, business, nonprofit sectors , and government, the conference marked one of ODSC’s largest and most diverse gatherings to date.... Read more