American Statistical Association
New York City
Metropolitan Area Chapter

Levin Lecture Series: Spring 2019 Colloquium Seminars
Department of Biostatistics
Mailman School of Public Health
Columbia University



THE UNREASONABLE EFFECTIVENESS OF PUBLIC WORK

by

David Robinson
Chief Data Scientist
DataCamp

Host: Dr. Jeff Goldsmith


Abstract

In this talk, I'll lay out the reasons that blogging, open source contribution, and other forms of public work are a critical part of a data science career. For beginners, a blog is a great accompaniment to data science coursework and tutorials, since it gives you experience applying practical data science skills to real problems. For data scientists at any stage of their careers, open source development offers practice in collaboration, documentation, and interface design that complement other kinds of software development. And for data scientists more advanced in their careers, writing a book is a great way to crystallize your expertise and ensure others can build on it. All of these practices build skills in communication and collaboration that form an essential component of data science work. Each also lets you build a public portfolio of your skills, get feedback from your peers, and network with the larger data science community.


Date: Thursday, April 18, 2019
Time: 11:45 A.M. - 12:45 P.M.
Location: Mailman School of Public Health
Department of Biostatistics
722 West 168th Street
AR Building
8th Floor Auditorium
New York, New York

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