The European Data Science Conference
Most of the information from the current societal convergence of computing and communication is in its raw form: data. There is a consensus that, at least for scientific data, it should not be taken for museum purposes, rather taken as basis for doing something.
In fact, the very essence of science is to give context and purpose to what could be otherwise seen as a mere accumulation of facts. With data production and analysis having evolved from a person-to-person interaction (up to the 19th century) to a person-to-machine interaction in the 20th century, the current 21st century setting where computers introduce data into (and analyze data from) each other generated the birth of a new discipline which interleaves the competences of statistics and computer science, improving our ability to extract knowledge from data: data science.
The recently established European Association for Data Science
(EuADS) aims to provide a setting for fostering communication and cooperation among all stakeholders of data science, being a forum for research, scientific conduct, promoting transparent access to data, policy making as well as support of young scientists. The European Data Science Conference
(EDSC) is the inaugural conference of EuADS
, to be held next November, and aims to provide a setting for fostering communication among all stakeholders of data science in Europe. Given its inaugural aspect, the participation is by invitation only and, being health data science one of the main topics of the conference, it will count with the participation of two CINTESIS members, a keynote speaker (Pedro Pedreira Rodrigues) and a panelist (Ricardo Cruz-Correia), aiming to build on (or deconstruct) some controversial aspects of data science for health and healthcare settings. Overall, EDSC is expected to provide a unique environment for the presentation and discussion of new research paths, bringing together stakeholders and decision-makers in this field to address the challenges of data science in the 21st century.