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The culture of data science
I guess it had to happen eventually, but this soon? “Big Data” is an awfully hot buzz word seen in mainstream publications like the New York Times
and Harvard Business Review, but a coffee table book? Yes indeed, The Human Face of Big Data is a 5 lb. hardcover published in Nov. 2012 with authors Rick Smolan and Jennifer Erwitt.
Rumor has it that the book is landing on the desks of world leaders, dignitaries and other notable people around the world. Among others, the list includes: President Obama, the Dalai Lama, Pope Benedict XVI and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, and also Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey; Daniel Tunkelang, chief data scientist at LinkedIn; and actor Robin Williams.
Among the images in the book’s 224 pages is the blended image of 1,400 different shots of New York’s Times Square taken across 15 hours. In an abstract sense, big data is about people: what they do, where they go, who they know and so on. The stories about how data, once harnessed, solves problems and in some ways creates new ones, is its overarching theme.
The perfect holiday gift from a Data Scientist!