Data Science is a fast moving, growing industry which requires Data Scientists to stay up to date with the latest trends, techniques, and best practices. Luckily, the internet is home to a vast range of resources. But where to start? Here are eight excellent resources to try:
A collection of original, topical blogs examining the latest in data science. The Domino Data Lab describe their editorial mission as: “Our mission is to support data scientists fulfil their expectations for their own work and their own potential.”
Blogs are divided into those looking at data science, coding, machine learning, practical techniques, leaders at work, model management and engineering. The variety of topics and appreciation of the different paths people may take to pursue a data science career is what makes the Domino Data Lab such an excellent resource.
This organisation works with companies and governments to build an open, trustworthy data ecosystem, allowing people to make data-driven decisions and mitigate the potentially harmful impact of data. A range of case studies detailing their work is available on their website. You can sign up to a free weekly newsletter focusing on the latest newsworthy data science stories, cutting-edge innovations and events. The website also provides a range of information and blog posts on industry-specific data science, such as agriculture, banking, and health.
A free weekly newsletter containing curated news and articles related to data science. The website also features an archive of previous newsletters, interviews with data scientists, links to interesting articles and further data science resources. A great way to keep up with the latest in the industry and is particularly geared towards early-career data scientists looking to advance.
Would you like access to fascinating large scale datasets? Data is Plural collates and provides you with information on how to access some of the most interesting and topical new data. Recent examples include a CDC dataset containing demographic and medical information on 1.75 million deidentified COVID-19 patients and data detailing the Black Lives Matter protests in America.
A blog with over 30,000 subscribers and a stellar reputation on social media. Data Elixir will send you a carefully curated collection of data science articles each week. The newsletter covers a variety of insights, news, tools and techniques, further resources, data visualisation and more.
The data science subreddit has been established since 2011 and has over 247,000 members. It is described as: “A place for data science practitioners and professionals to discuss and debate data science career questions.” It’s a place where you can unofficially ask for advice and listen to the experiences of those already working in the industry. This is great if you are looking for a more relaxed, social resource.
Look no further for data visualisation inspiration. Information is Beautiful is a collection of stunning visualisations, based on real facts and data, intended to help others make clearer, data-informed decisions about the world. For a taste of what they do, take a look at the shortlisted entrants to the Information is Beautiful awards. They also offer training, resources and provide access to an impressive variety of datasets.
Why not put your data science skills to the test? Kaggle is a source of data science competitions. Kaggle recommends you start with the ‘Titanic competition’, where your goal is to create a model which predicts which passengers survived the shipwreck. More advanced competitions offer substantial prize money. Taking part can help you hone your data science skills and network with others in your industry. Kaggle has a userbase of over 3 million, 19,000 public datasets and 200,000 public notebooks available for your use.