O’Reilly Media’s Strata, Making Data Work Conference held February 1rst – 3rd, 2011 in Santa Clara, California was one of the most interesting and multifaceted events of the year. Included were presentations on data science, real-time data processing and analytics, data acquisition and crowdsourcing, visualization, in addition to many other topics. You can find the complete list of speaker slides and videos for the event at this link, Strata 2011 Speaker Slides & Videos.
What enriches this conference is the quality of the case studies presented. Be sure to check out the presentation from DJ Patil of LinkedIn on Innovating Data Teams. His discussion illustrates just how critical big data is to LinkedIn and how their approach to managing it enriches the user experience, and is transforming LinkedIn functionality at the same time.
One of the best overall presentations features Dr. Werner Vogels, CTO of Amazon.com titled Data Without Limits. The video is provided below and provides a glimpse into how pervasive AWS is becoming as a foundation for accessing, aggregating and transforming data in real time.