Audrey Watters wrote a good article about Data Science in 2011 for O’Reilly Radar.

Audrey cites three big events / trends:

  • Hadoop, an open source distributed computing framework, became ubiquitous.
  • More Data, More Privacy Problems – citing the Apple scandal as an example.
  • Open Data at an Inflection Point. (With a great shoutout to my friends at BuzzData!)


  • Even Hadoop has warts (gasp!?!111shiftoneone), but so far there are good anecdotes about it working out well for many companies, and, you can expect a few horror stories in 2012.
  • The devices we’re carrying and our own behaviors are generating more data than ever – and people – that means you – need to be aware of when they’re consenting to sharing that data.


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