Dr. Kirk Borne is a data scientist and an astrophysicist. He is Principal Data Scientist in the Strategic Innovation Group at Booz-Allen Hamilton since 2015. He was Professor of Astrophysics and Computational Science in the George Mason University (GMU) School of Physics, Astronomy, and Computational Sciences during 2003-2015. He served as undergraduate advisor for the GMU Data Science program and graduate advisor to students in the Computational Science and Informatics PhD program. Prior to that, he spent nearly 20 years supporting NASA projects, including NASA's Hubble Space Telescope as Data Archive Project Scientist, NASA's Astronomy Data Center, and NASA's Space Science Data Operations Office. He has extensive experience in large scientific databases and information systems, including expertise in scientific data mining. He was a contributor to the design and development of the new Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), for which he contributed in the areas of science data management, informatics and statistical science research, galaxies research, and education and public outreach.
Day 2 - Knowledge Talks 29 May
Data Literacy -- It is not a Math Skill. It is a Life Skill
I will address the importance for everyone to become data literate for the future of work. This applies both to individuals and to organizations. I will cover five major themes: data awareness (what is it?), data relevance (why me?), data literacy (show me how), data science (where's the science?), and the data imperative (create and do something with data). I will also discuss why it is important for data scientists to lead the efforts to build data literacy in society, in schools, and in professional development activities for organizations.