I'm delighted to have agreed a media partnership with O'Reilly to help promote a great conference coming up in 2011.

The inaugural O'Reilly Strata Conference 'Making Data Work' will be held from February 1st to 3rd 2011 in the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara and Santa Clara Convention Center, California. I will be announcing details next week of a special 15% registration discount code for Visualising Data readers as well as a fantastic opportunity to win a free pass to the entire event. More details to follow later, but for now here's more background on the conference:
Big Data is here, and it changes everything. From startups to the Fortune 500, smart companies are betting on data-driven insight. Get control of the new data opportunity at Strata—immerse yourself in three full days of hands-on training, information-rich sessions, and a sponsor pavilion filled with the key players and products. This new O’Reilly conference brings together the people, tools, and technologies you need to make data work.
Why do I recommend this conference? It is already very clear that this conference will provide a unique platform representing a balanced intersection between the congruent worlds of visualisation, data, technology and commerce. This is something which no other conference format currently offers on such a scale and with such gravity and is the key reason why I am keen to recommend it to all Visualising Data readers. The prominent visualisation-specific conferences such as VisWeek and EuroVis are wonderful occasions which further the field academically and help debate and spark new ideas and avenues of discovery. However, it could be argued that these events preach to the converted with most of the people attending already firm advocates of visualisation. In contrast, the Strata 2011 event provides a wonderful complementary setting to cross-fertilise these contemporary ideas and discoveries across a broader and deeper delegate demographic. Topics and Speakers Firm details of the topics, schedule and speakers are still emerging but there promises to be something for everybody. An outline of the key topics to be covered at this event include:
  • Becoming a data-driven organization
  • Data's evolution from research to product
  • Applications, case studies, and cautionary tales
  • Distributed data processing, Hadoop ecosystem
  • Data acquisition, crowdsourcing, cleaning, distribution and markets
  • Machine learning
  • Real-time data processing and analytics
  • Data science best practice
  • Visualization and design principles
  • Augmented reality and immersive interfaces
  • Data protection, privacy, and policy
  • Training and recruitment of data scientists
Some of the confirmed speakers include Tim O'Reilly, Jock Mackinlay (Tableau), Naomi B Robbins and Simon Rogers (Guardian Datablog/Datastore) as well as key representatives from companies such as eBay, Yahoo, Google and LinkedIn. You can track the emerging shape and content of the Strata 2011 conference schedule here and follow updates of the conference build up on Twitter @strataconf. Registration I will be releasing details next week of a 15% Visualising Data reader discount and a competition to win a free pass to the entire event. In general the key date to bear in mind is 14th December. If you register for Strata before this date you can save up to $250 on top of the discount. Please note that other better discounts may be available depending on your status/organisation.

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