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Inside the UC Berkeley School of Information

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http://ischool.berkeley.edu/ - The School of Information is both UC Berkeley's newest and its smallest school: a graduate research and education community committed to expanding access to information and to improving its usability, reliability, and credibility while preserving security and privacy.

Our Master of Information Management and Systems (MIMS) program is a 48 unit, two-year full time program, designed to train students in the skills needed to succeed as information professionals. Such professionals must be familiar with the theory and practice of storing, organizing, retrieving and analyzing information in a variety of settings in business, the public sector, and the academic world. Technical expertise alone is not sufficient for success; I School graduates will be expected to perform and manage a multiplicity of information related tasks. In order to function effectively they will need to:

* understand how to organize information
* analyze user information needs
* be able to design or evaluate information systems that allow for efficient and effective user interaction
* be able to provide and assure the quality and value of information to decision makers
* understand the economic and social environment in which their organization functions
* be familiar with relevant issues in law, economics, ethics, and management

Such a profession is inherently interdisciplinary, requiring aspects of computer science, cognitive science, psychology and sociology, economics, business, law, library/information studies, and communications. Show less
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DataEDGE Conference 2013 Play

A new vision for data science

Are you and your organization taking advantage of the opportunities created by the flood of new data, called Big Data?

Do you know about the latest tools for storing, analyzing, and visualizing data? Have you considered the privacy implications of working with data? How do leaders balance intuition and data in making important decisions?

The UC Berkeley School of Information's DataEDGE conference will bring you up to speed quickly on the current state of the data revolution. You will hear from leading experts in the field about the way organizations are using data to address business and societal issues, about the challenges of working with data at scale, and about the most pressing questions and debates facing data scientists today.

This conference is not just for technologists and math geeks; DataEDGE brings together social scientists, computer scientists, policy-makers, designers, and artists for an intimate two-day conference to assess the current state of data science and the data revolution.

Analyzing Big Data with Twitter (Info 290, Fall 2012) Play

Social Data Revolution (Info 290A, Fall 2012) Play

Information 290A. Social Data Revolution
Fall 2012
Instructor: Andreas Weigend

Free communication has changed the world, including the expectations and work and play. The class begins with the two data revolutions--the first about passively collected clicks on the web, the second about actively contributed data, as platforms like Facebook empower individuals to contribute a variety of quantitative and qualitative data (transactions, social relations, attention gestures, intention, location, and more.) With active student participation, we explore the far-reaching implications of the consumer data revolution for individuals, communities, business, and society.

DataEDGE Conference 2012 Play


How will your business or organization face the challenges and opportunities of Big Data?

Join thought leaders at the 2012 DataEDGE conference for an intimate conversation about the future of data science. Quentin Hardy of the New York Times leads a conversation about how we can prepare for an exciting new world of big data.

Understanding how to manage the transition to a data-intensive economy will make or break companies, careers, and fortunes. As the web grows increasingly dense, the information about our connections accumulates logarithmically. Analysis of this data can reveal who we are, what we like, and how we act.

The UC Berkeley School of Information's DataEDGE conference will get you up to speed quickly on the Big Data revolution. You'll learn about the underlying technologies and the hot new start-ups, and the ways that other institutions are using Big Data to gain a competitive edge.

Big Data is not just for technology and math geeks from the Silicon Valley. DataEDGE brings together computer scientists, sociologists, designers, economists, political scientists, linguists, ethnographers, artists, and global development experts for an intimate two-day conference to chart a new course for the future of data science.

Attendance will be limited to ensure personal interaction. At DataEDGE, we give you the opportunity to network with industry movers and shakers and leading-edge university researchers, and discuss the issues relevant to you.

Learn from data science visionaries about new ways of thinking about big data that will impact fields from health care and agriculture to finance, manufacturing, and government.

Participate in intimate break-out sessions focused on data science issues relevant to you.

Be inspired with a new vision for big data from provocative thinkers like danah boyd and pioneers of data science like Andreas Weigend and DJ Patil.
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