Big Data is the term used to describe the explosion of data currently being collected in online systems, including consumer behavior on the web, patient and treatment information from electronic medical records, or production data for a manufacturing company. Data Scientists are professionals that aggregate, analyze and make predictions based on this information.
McKinsey & Company has forecasted that the US may be facing a shortage of 190,000 trained, qualified data science experts in the next three years, and Udacity (www.udacity.com) is launching an online certificate program in January 2014 to address this shortage.
Udacity is an online learning environment that has typically offered Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs). These classes are free, and offer students the chance to learn a subject through viewing short video clips, taking quizzes, and attempting hands on exercises.
Starting in January, in addition to the free courses currently offered, Udacity will offer a “Data Science and Big Data” cohort of paid courses that will include hands-on projects using industry recognized tools, and personalized feedback from the course instructors. Examples of courses offered include:
• Introduction to Data Science
• Exploratory Data Analysis
• Data Wrangling with MongoDB
Click here for more information about the first course in this series, Introduction to Hadoop and MapReduce.