Welcome to the Social Data Revolution, UC Berkeley, Fall 2016!

Please check out the 2015 course notes and videos .

Free communication has changed the world, including the expectations and work and play. The class begins with the two data revolutions--the first about passively collected clicks on the web, the second about actively contributed data, as platforms like Facebook empower individuals to contribute a variety of quantitative and qualitative data (transactions, social relations, attention gestures, intention, location, and more.) With active student participation, we explore the far-reaching implications of the consumer data revolution for individuals, communities, business, and society.

Promotional Video - a sneak peak to what the class is like

Back by popular demand, I’ll again teach the course “Social Data Revolution” INFO 290A this Fall Semester: Nine action-packed Tuesday afternoons from 3:30 to 6:30pm.

Course Information:

Instructor: Andreas Weigend (andreas@weigend.com)
GSIs: Alex Yao (alex.yao@berkeley.edu), Leland Lee (leland_lee@berkeley.edu)

http://bit.ly/ischool2014video is the 5-minute video I made for class 2 years ago. Corresponding class notes are at http://ischool2014.wikispaces.com/.

Course Objective:
Teaching social data with external experts sharing their innovative ideas with the students. Previous guests included Esther Dyson, Reid Hoffman, Steve Huffman, DJ Patil, and data scientists from Airbnb, Facebook, Palantir, SRI, Uber, and others.

8 Google Form assignments - 64% (due Sundays at 3pm before class)
Each assignment is out of 8 points, minus 1 point of every day late, 0 points awarded if not completed by class date.
Contribution to Course Wiki - 26% (every week a set of students will take notes on the class and create a wiki page for it due Friday 3pm, 3 days after the corresponding class)
Contribution to Class - 10%

Videos are uploaded within a week to youtube.com/socialdatarevolution

Wiki Contributions:
The course wiki is an important element of the class. In the rapidly changing world of social data, there are no good textbooks that are the result of teaching and tweaking a course over years. So, every year, the students create collaboratively a snapshot of what we learned. At the beginning of the class, it is quite barren. Two good examples for what the wiki pages will grow into during the term are
If you want to be a wiki contributer, talk to Leland after class with a team of people for each topic and we'll add your names to the google sheet.

Please note that the wiki pages are not supposed to be transcripts. Also please keep the underlying wiki language clean. Copy paste from Word tends to have many <span…, which makes it quite hard to fix things in wikitext editor. This task must be completed by Sunday 3pm following the class.

Office Hours:
Contact us via email.
Andreas Weigend (andreas@weigend.com): TBD
Alex Yao (alex.yao@berkeley.edu): TBD
Leland Lee (leland_lee@berkeley.edu): TBD

Bio: Dr. Andreas Weigend is an expert on the future of big data, social-mobile technologies, and consumer behavior. As Amazon’s chief scientist, he helped create the firm’s data strategy and customer-centric culture. He now advises innovative startups and regularly consults for large corporations including Alibaba, GE, Lufthansa, and MasterCard on how to leverage the Social Data Revolution.
Andreas received his Ph.D. in Physics from Stanford. He has published more than 100 scientific papers and is currently writing the book "Data for the People".