Data Science Introduction
More about how Data Scientists are using data to change to world
What is Big Data?
From monitoring massive ecosystems like the world economy, down to providing personalized consumer convenience like real time traffic conditions, big data involves and affects nearly every facet of life in the 21st century.
The sheer volume of data we can generate is astounding: Google tracks over 3.5 billion searches every day; Facebook tracks 890 million active users daily; and 240 days of videos are uploaded to YouTube every hour. Everybody talks about big data, but very few people know exactly what big data is or how it can benefit them.
How can data be useful?
Data scientists are the interdisciplinary scientists who know how to efficiently discover and communicate useful insights from large, unintelligible datasets. For example, data scientists at Google tracked flu outbreaks in 2009 by linking search queries such as “cough medicine” or “best way to cure the flu” to location data. With their algorithms, they were able to surpass the Centre for Disease Control in sensitivity.
What are the job prospects?
The McKinsey Global Institute published a report in 2011 suggesting that 140,000 to 190,000 deep analytical talent positions and 1.5 million data-savvy managers will be needed by 2018 to take full advantage of big data in the United States alone. According to Glassdoor.com, Data Scientists make an average of $118,709 USD per year, and there are more than 4400 job openings in the United States alone. Clearly, there is a growing demand for data scientists.
This is where DataSense comes in
Founded by students at the University of British Columbia, we realize the power and potential of big data. Our mission is to spread awareness and promote the power of big data within student populations in Vancouver. Through participation in our foundation, we hope to inspire the next generation of big data users and investors.