Analytics · Data

Would You Want to Play Hands-On with Data/Analytics/Data Science?

Alyssa Kwan Co-Founder and CTO of Infallisys, "Data Team in a Box"

May 10th, 2018

Let's say that there existed a solid platform/tool to work with data, to transform it into meaningful information that can drive action (or inaction, as the case may be). Let's say:

  • This platform were offered for free for educational purposes.
  • Publicly available datasets would already be loaded and kept up-to-date, things like:
    • US Census Bureau
    • US Bureau of Labor Statistics
    • US Federal Reserve
    • International Monetary Fund
  • It would be as easy to use as spreadsheet formulas, though much more powerful.
  • It would be a platform that would enable cross-user and cross-organization collaboration:
    • You get to peek at how other people do things.
    • You even get to pull their logic into your logic in such a way that, when they enhance their logic, yours is enhanced by their work.
  • There would be training material and documentation to guide you through learning all of this.

Would this be of value to you? What would attract you to it? Simply enhancing your own analytics / data science skills? Doing actual research using publicly available data?

Do you have further ideas on what to include? What part of this would not be valuable to you?

Ray Li Android Developer w/ 7 published apps on Google Play. Retention + Engagement + Monetization is Life!

May 20th, 2018

Different industries have different data needs. Generally, the more specific the data, the more expensive it is.

I don't know how "playing" with data could turn into revenue. Most people find data pretty stuffy and shy away from it as much as possible. For me, the only time I touch data is if I need it!

I personally wouldn't want to play with data in the way outlined in your question Alyssa. However, I do play with data in training AI and ML.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that data is only useful if it has a use.

Alyssa Kwan Co-Founder and CTO of Infallisys, "Data Team in a Box"

May 20th, 2018

Thanks, @Ray Li! I should have been more specific. We're considering launching a separate copy of our platform for free for educational purposes. One reason is to justify applying for education or academic grants to fund the development of the software. The second is as a way to introduce the platform's approach to data science and analytics to increase rate of adoption. Ideally we'd want a program like Galvanize to teach classes using our free platform to support their curriculum.