In October 2012, Tom Davenport wrote in Harvard Business Review that data scientist is the “sexiest job of the 21st Century,” and ever since the term has become ubiquitous.  As librarians and information professionals, we’ve always been well-versed in working with data, so how do we avoid being late or uninvited to the Big Data party?  Join Amy Affelt for this session, where you will learn how to leverage your skills and training in order to find data from credible, citable sources, create data visualizations that resonate with stakeholders, avoid data pitfalls and implement best practices, and take a data project from start to finish.  Amy will also discuss emerging career opportunities in Big Data.

Original broadcast August 31, 2015 

Instructor Bio ~ Amy Affelt
Amy Affelt is Director, Database Research Worldwide, at Compass Lexecon, a global economic consultancy, where she finds, analyzes, and transforms information and data into knowledge deliverables for PhD economists who testify as experts in litigation. Her book, The Accidental Data Scientist: Big Data Applications and Opportunities for Librarians and Information Professionals is a new 2015 title from Information Today. She is a frequent writer and conference speaker on Big Data, Internet of Things, adding value to information, evaluating information integrity and quality, and marketing information services. She has a BA in history, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a master’s degree in library and information science from Dominican University.