Yesterday Sriganesh and I had the pleasure of presenting LIRNEasia’s big data work at the 3rd session of the Colombo Big Data Meetup, a prominent local meetup group focusing on big data and data science, domains still very much in their infancy in Sri Lanka. We spoke to a diverse audience of nearly 150 IT professionals, academics, statisticians and enthusiasts.
The presentation was followed by a panel discussion which included Sriganesh, Dr. Shehan Perera of the Computer Science Department of University of Moratuwa, and myself. The discussion touched on a range of topics including practical aspects of running a successful big data operation, learning data science, democratization of data and collective privacy.
One of the key underlying themes throughout the discussion was the fact that practical data science and big data work is inherently multi-disciplinary, needing teams with experts from different domains. This is even more true in Sri Lanka where data science as a specialization has only recently become available in graduate/undergraduate programs . At LIRNEasia we meet this requirement by putting together a multi-disciplinary team with members from computer science, economics, public policy, etc. which is supported by an advisory committee of data scientists and technology experts.
The presentation slides can be found here.
A recording of the presentation and the panel discussion can be found here