Archive for the ‘Training’ Category

Data Scientist Solution Kit

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Data Scientist Solution Kit

From the post:

The explosion of data is leading to new business opportunities that draw on advanced analytics and require a broader, more sophisticated skills set, including software development, data engineering, math and statistics, subject matter expertise, and fluency in a variety of analytics tools. Brought together by data scientists, these capabilities can lead to deeper market insights, more focused product innovation, faster anomaly detection, and more effective customer engagement for the business.

The Data Science Challenge Solution Kit is your best resource to get hands-on experience with a real-world data science challenge in a self-paced, learner-centric environment. The free solution kit includes a live data set, a step-by-step tutorial, and a detailed explanation of the processes required to arrive at the correct outcomes.

Data Science at Your Desk

The Web Analytics Challenge includes five sections that simulate the experience of exploring, then cleaning, and ultimately analyzing web log data. First, you will work through some of the common issues a data scientist encounters with log data and data in JSON format. Second, you will clean and prepare the data for modeling. Third, you will develop an alternate approach to building a classifier, with a focus on data structure and accuracy. Fourth, you will learn how to use tools like Cloudera ML to discover clusters within a data set. Finally, you will select an optimal recommender algorithm and extract ratings predictions using Apache Mahout.

With the ongoing confusion about what it means to be a “data scientist,” having a certification or two isn’t going to hurt your chances for employment.

And you may learn something in the bargain. 😉

Journal of e-Learning and Knowledge Society

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Journal of e-Learning and Knowledge Society

From the focus and scope statement for the journal:

SIe-L , Italian e-Learning Association, is a non-profit organization who operates as a non-commercial entity to promote scientific research and testing best practices of e-Learning and Distance Education. SIe-L consider these subjects strategic for citizen and companies for their instruction and education.

I encountered this journal while chasing a paper about topic maps in education to ground.

I have only started to explore but definitely a resource for anyone interested in the exploding on-line education market.

Marakana – Open Source Training

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Marakana – Open Source Training

From the homepage:

Marakana’s raison d’être is to help people get better at what they do professionally. We accomplish this by organizing software training courses (both public and private) as well as publishing learning resources, sharing knowledge from industry leaders, providing a place to share useful tidbits and supporting the community. Our focus is open source software.

I found this while watching scikit-learn – Machine Learning in Python – Astronomy, which was broadcast on Marakana TechTV.

From the Marakana TechTV homepage:

Marakana TechTV is an initiative to provide the world with free educational content on cutting-edge open source topics. Check out our work.

We work with open source communities to cover tech events world wide, as well as industry experts to create high quality informational videos from Marakana’s studio in downtown San Francisco.

…and we do it all at no charge. As an open source training company, Marakana believes in helping people get better at what they do, and through Marakana TechTV we’re able to engage open source communites around the globe, promote our training services, and stay current on the latest and greatest in open source.

Useful content and possibly a place to post educations videos. Such as on topic maps?

Discover Knowledge Paths

Saturday, December 10th, 2011

Discover Knowledge Paths

Have you seen the “Knowledge Paths” at IBM developerWorks?

I don’t know if it is “new” or if the logo next to a page where I was reading happened to catch my eye. Looking at the “paths” by their dates, it looks like early October 2011 when it was rolled out. Does anyone know differently?

It doesn’t look real promising at first but you have to drill down to find the goodies.

For example, I chose “Open Source Skills,” which lead to:

Open source development with Eclipse: Master the basics
Learn the basics and get started working with Eclipse, an extensible open source development platform.

OK, but it isn’t clear what I am about to find when I follow: “Open source development with Eclipse: Master the basics,”

1. Learn about the Eclipse platform
2. Install and use Eclipse
3. Migrate to Eclipse from other environments
4. Debug with Eclipse
5. Combine Eclipse with other tools

12 Reads, 8 Practice, 1 Watch, 1 Download.

IBM needs to distinguish this material from other developerWorks content, which are all great articles but this is supposed to be something different.

It could be as simple as:

Open source development with Eclipse: Master the basics
12 Reads, 8 Practice, 1 Watch, 1 Download

So the reader knows this isn’t your average read along with the author sort of resource.

And while I did not look at the others closely, consistency in presentation of the paths, that is all paths have read/practice/resources (or some other structure) so that readers have an expectation of the content between paths. Think of the Java paths that Sun pioneered as an example.

Oh, and do have someone review the naming of the paths. “Querying XML from Java Applications” and its description don’t mention XQuery at all. Something like: “XQuery: Bending Data (and XML) to Your Will” would be much better.

A good start that could become a lodestone for training materials for designers and engineers. Particularly if sufficient guidance is given on creation and maintenance of content to make it attractive for third party content developers.

An alternative to having to hunt down partial, dated and not always accurate guidance about open source projects from mailing lists and blogs.