Open Data Science: Bringing “Magic”

Science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke once wrote, “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” We’re nearer than ever to that incomprehensible, magical future. Our gadgets understand our speech, driverless cars have made their debut and we’ll soon be viewing virtual worlds at home. These “magical” technologies spring from a 21st-century spirit of innovation—but not only from big companies. Thanks to the Internet—and to the open source movement—companies of all sizes are able to spur advancements in science and technology. It’s no different for advanced analytics. And it’s about time. In the past, our analytics tools were proprietary, product-oriented solutions. These were necessarily limited in flexibility and they locked customers into the slow innovation cycles and whims of vendors. These closed-source solutions forced a “one size fits all” approach…


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