Last Class of Graduate School – Interfaces to Information Systems

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This week I completed my last assignment for my last graduate school class. I can’t exactly do cartwheels yet because I still have to finish my thesis project next year to conclude my Certificate of Advanced Study in digital libraries. But for now, this milestone feels like a victory. I didn’t imagine this degree would take so long, however, on reflection, I’m glad it did. Each semester I picked out a class that best fit my current work projects. By … Read More

Am I a Data Scientist Now? Review of Coursera’s Data Science Specialization

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No, I’m not a data scientist now. But I do have a wider understanding of data science and a few new skills thanks to coursera.org’s Data Science Specialization. This summer I completed the first four classes: The Data Scientist’s Toolbox, R Programming, Getting and Cleaning Data, and Exploratory Data Analysis. Motivation for taking these courses came from several places. Earlier this year, someone suggested to me that these courses would make a good model for a library’s data management education program. … Read More

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