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Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Guide to the Fundamentals of Data Science

As biomedical tools and technologies rapidly improve, researchers are producing and analyzing a rapidly increasing amount of complex biological data called “big data.”

The Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) program was launched in 2014 to facilitate broad use of biomedical big data, develop and disseminate analysis methods and software, enhance training relevant for large-scale data analysis, and establish centers of excellence for biomedical big data.

The BD2K Guide to the Fundamentals of Data Science is a series of online lectures given by experts from across the United States covering the basics of data management, representation, computation, statistical inference, data modeling, and other topics relevant to “big data” in biomedicine. The course is an introductory overview that assumes no prior knowledge or understanding of data science.

You can view slides and abstracts and archived videos from each lecture.

Source: Scholarly communications selected links from May, 2017.

Bruce Boyes

Bruce Boyes ( is editor, lead writer, and a director of the award-winning RealKM Magazine ( and currently also teaches in the University of NSW (UNSW) Foundation Studies program in China. He has expertise and experience in a wide range of areas including knowledge management (KM), environmental management, program and project management, writing and editing, stakeholder engagement, communications, and research. Bruce holds a Master of Environmental Management with Distinction and a Certificate of Technology (Electronics). With a demonstrated ability to identify and implement innovative solutions to social and ecological complexity, Bruce's many career highlights include establishing RealKM Magazine as an award-winning resource for knowledge managers, using agile and knowledge management approaches to oversee the implementation of an award-winning $77.4 million river recovery program in western Sydney on time and under budget, leading a knowledge strategy process for Australia's 56 natural resource management (NRM) regional organisations, pioneering collaborative learning and governance approaches to support communities to sustainably manage landscapes and catchments, and initiating and teaching two new knowledge management subjects at Shanxi University in China.

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