Discussion on the emerging national Data Science landscape
David E. Culler, Interim Dean for Data Sciences
University of California, Berkeley
https://monsanto.com/innovations/data-science/ - Monsanto acquired climate corp
151 Data analytics in agriculture startup raised $976M - http://fortune.com/2015/05/19/farming-data-continues-to-be-hot-in-silicon-valley/
McDonald's, for example, has initiated a data-driven culture by leveraging trend-analytics to better understand the situation at each individual restaurant.
Infrastructure of support
This is not a small transition for a large university to make
Recognition that we are not organized optimally for the connected century that we are well into.
Extremely important confluence in fields that have grown up separately need to be recognized, supported and enhanced. Unprecedented Computational and inferential capabilities processes around transformative High-V digital observations – data – are reshaping to almost every field of inquiry, deep in their own right, and transformative in certain fields.
Overlapping nature of research and learning is the NORM not the exception.
This “refactoring” can only be done well from “bottom up”. Only deep within the departments, labs, and programs do we really have the understanding of the synergies, barriers, and opportunities.
Integrated with, vs Differentiated from. A Part of you, not apart from you, …
It does require putting the parochial cultures and mindsets that tacit in our very worldview – on the back burner.
A Division involves intellectual coherence – but it also is fundamentally about organizational culture. Creating culture, represented in day to day processes, that recognizes the interrelationships among and with others.