TECH | Nov 2, 2017

10 minutes with Big Data

Which resources to consult in the coffee break to learn more about Big Data?

Last month we started with a section that should help you to know and learn about a certain phenomenon, technology, word used (or abused as sometimes happens with words of the moment) in a few minutes: the time for a coffee. We started with suggesting some resources to consult for better understanding what open data are and above all being able to identify projects or news related to this topic.

10 minutes the time available every day. 10 minutes to spend by consulting a magazine found abandoned on a bar table, boredly reading the notifications on our social networks or, more profitably, taking a peek at newsletters, blogs and Twitter profiles that help us go deeper in depth.

This time it is the turn of Big Data, already explained in the form of medicine. Big Data: large amounts of unstructured data on which, it is said, the governance of companies, public administrations and associations should be based.


If we are fond of newsletters arriving comfortably in the electronic mailbox, even when we do not have time to read them and they wait patiently until we open them, we can subscribe to the weekly Data Innovation, which presents interesting studies and news selected by the Center For Data Innovation, a non-profit research center that promotes data governance in the public and private sectors.

Another interesting date can be with the O’Reilly newsletter in which, alongside more technical content, there is also business and business management news always related to the world of data and therefore of Big Data.

Last but not least, there is InsideBIGDATA, which can also be consulted like the others in the form of blogs and which provides updates not only on Big Data – as its name itself indicates – but on everything related to this theme such as machine learning, deep learning and artificial intelligence.

People to follow on Twitter

Creating a list of people to follow on a certain theme is definitely a good way to use Twitter in an excellent way.

On the subject of Big Data, the following are worthy of mention: Kirk Borne, astrophysicist, data scientist and big data influencer; Jim Harris, known for his intervention in Disruptive Innovation, who tweets on Big Data, AI and Analytics; Ronald van Loon, well-known influencer on Data Science issues; Craig Brown, a great IT expert with long experience in Data Governance and also considered an influencer on the subject; KDnuggets, with various information on the subject;  Data Beers Torino, a community (also present in Venice and in Tuscany as well as internationally) of data and beer lovers who organize meetings where some speakers present their projects or their training activity if front of a group of date lovers sipping beers.

Altre risorse

A concentrate of resources available on the theme is definitely the repository published on Github called Awesome Datascience, where you can find many useful resources, including a MOOC index on the theme available on platforms like Coursera or Edx.

If you are passionate about the theme, you will of course be able to find many more resources. So this coffee is just to get to know each other a bit better.

Happy reading and (enjoy your coffee)!

Sonia Montegiove – Stefano Epifani