An introduction to data science

For Immediate Release
Wed, 02/03/2021


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association


CHICAGO — An accessible primer to a potentially complex field, “Practical Data Science for Information Professionals,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, provides readers with an overview of data science and a framework for its application. David Stuart offers detailed examples and analysis on real data sets to explore the basics of the subject in three principle areas: clustering and social network analysis; predictions and forecasts; and text analysis and mining. As well as highlighting a wealth of user-friendly data science tools, the book also includes some example code in two of the most popular programming languages (R and Python) to demonstrate the ease with which the information professional can move beyond the graphical user interface and achieve significant analysis with just a few lines of code. Readers will learn about:

  • the growing importance of data science;
  • the role of the information professional in data science; and
  • some of the most important tools and methods that information professionals can use.

Stuart is an independent information professional and an honorary research fellow at the University of Wolverhampton, UK, and was previously a research fellow at King's College London and the University of Wolverhampton. He regularly publishes in peer-reviewed academic journals and professional journals on information science, metrics, and semantic web technologies, and in 2015 began writing “Taming Metrics,” a regular column for the journal Online Information Review. His books include “Web Metrics for Library and Information Professionals” and “Facilitating Access to the Web of Data,” both from Facet Publishing.

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