This time next week, if all goes as planned, I’ll be on a plane back to Logan with a head full of data, a twitter account full of people who work with data, and a suitcase full of shorts. The Strata Conference, which takes starts this Tuesday, February 28th, and goes through Thursday, March 1st, is one of the country’s preeminent data science conferences. Certainly its sessions, which, in addition to the data scientists themselves, target CTOs/CIOs, marketers and journalists, are the broadest a’beam of any I’ve seen. And its speakers are (deservedly) bold-faced names to even the greenest of data geeks: Doug Cutting (Cloudera), Ben Goldacre (Bad Science), Hal Varian (Google), Mike Olson (Cloudera), JP Morgenthal (EMC), Alistair Croll (Bitcurrent), Usman Haque (Pachube), Coco Krumme (MIT Media Lab), O’Reilly’s own Edd Dumbill… It’s a lot to take in, especially if you, like me, are the type who panics at buffets and department stores. So, to help the both of us, I’ve made up a “Can’t Miss List (for the Social Strategist).” Annnd, since I’ll warrant that many, if not most, of you are not social strategists, I’m also giving you a “Can’t Miss List (for the CEO/Chief Scientist,” courtesy of our own CEO, David Wihl. You can thank, or debate, with both of us in the comments, on Twitter, or, best yet, at the show!
Can’t Miss List (for the Social Strategist)