The NCDM was a pretty good show by most criterion.
I got to meet a whole new set of people. I wasn’t treated horribly for not knowing their language. I learned a lot. I really enjoyed so many of the people I met – including a 12 hour stay in the airport with two people who I hope become really great allies. I really enjoyed the Kiwis (New Zealanders).
I thank Emma Warrillow for the invite and keeping the dialogue between web analysts and data miners going.
I’m troubled by some of the problems I see for web analysts. I’m energized by some of the problems that are common, and that are interesting. That is to say, I see it worthwhile to really explore solutions to these ills, and that these solutions are feasible and commercial. Specifically, I’m concerned by perceived shallowness on analysts part. I don’t believe that most web analysts are shallow. However, they are certainly more shallow in terms of pure academic skill than the data miners. That said, I didn’t hear very much benefits language emanating from them. There are differences to be sure.
This is all fat to chew on.