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Data Works MD consists of professionals, students, and enthusiasts living and working in the Maryland area that are interested in topics related to data science, data analytics, data products, software engineering, machine learning, and other data engineering topics.

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Videos

Recent videos of our events can be found below. More are available at YouTube.

Event

September 8, 2020

The Business of Data in Maryland with Yet Analytics and Protenus

In partnership with TEDCO, we are featuring two speakers from the successful Maryland-based data-focused companies, Yet Analytics and Protenus. Protenus will be discussing how they built their Protenus Healthcare Compliance Analytics platform with a discussion on Random Forests. Yet Analytics will discuss the unique approach of their xAPI as a specification based in the world of semantic technology and talk about how xAPI is implemented for data simulation, analytics, and advanced visualization and reporting in the learning and training space.

Event

August 15, 2020

Pitfalls and Challenges of ML-Powered Applications

As a field, we often hear about success stories. This is true in research, where a publishing incentive can pressure authors to focus on consistently exceeding state of the art results. It is also true in industry, where companies attempt to attract engineering talent by describing how impressive their production ML systems are. However, every practitioner here knows that in engineering and in ML, the road to success is paved with failures. The field of ML in production is new, and so has a lack of cautionary tales of things that can go wrong with models.

Event

July 18, 2020

Using AWS, Terraform, and Ansible to Automate Splunk at Scale

'Automate everything' is a key tenet of DevOps. Building a quality, automated infrastructure can be overwhelming and challenging, but with tools such as AWS, Terraform, and Ansible, one can build up a system that can both support the needs of the Sofware Engineers while maintaining the sanity of the DevOps Engineer.

Event

June 28, 2020

Loyola Student Showcase - Predicting Outcomes and Profitability

This meetup featured two talks. Like many collectibles, comic books and graphic novels have a wide price trajectory. For a comic book business, the earlier you identify which items will rise or fall in price, the more you maximize your profits. The best course of action would be to purchase comics that are destined to appreciate in bulk from a distributor at wholesale prices. To do so, you need a way to identify which comics will appreciate in value. In the first talk, learn how to prdict how much a comic will appreciate when no longer available from the distributor. A

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), approximately 6.5 million animals enter animal shelters in the United States each year, roughly half dogs and half cats. Only half of these animals get adopted, and about 25% of them are euthanized every year. Although some animals may be euthanized because they are dangerous, there are many innocent animals that lose their lives because they could not find a home. In this talk, learn what traits impact whether an animal will be adopted.

Event

June 14, 2020

Using Psychology to Design Better Products & Services

An understanding of psychology—specifically the psychology behind how users behave and interact with digital interfaces—is perhaps the single most valuable non-design skill a designer can have. The most elegant design can fail if it forces users to conform to the design rather than working within the “blueprint” of how humans perceive and process the world around them. Join Jon as he talks about this book Laws of UX, a guide that explains how you can apply key principles in psychology to build products and experiences that are more intuitive and human-centered.

Event

May 16, 2020

Integrating Blockchain and Traditional Web

Blockchain offers transparency, fraud prevention, and immutable ground truth for the data management part of any application. While it is a general-purpose technology, there are some uses within the enterprise that are more practical right now: system/physical access controls, identity management...

Newsletter

Interesting articles, tools, and tutorials. More are available at our newsletter archive.

Data Works MD September 2020 Issue

AI red teams, deep steganography, dataops, tools, ...

Data Works MD August 2020 Issue

GPT-3, book recommendations, Netflix infrastructure, SQL, ...

Data Works MD July 2020 Issue

AI failure, technical debt, ML product management, Pandas, ...

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