Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Resources for Learning Data Analytics

In the world of prospect research, data analytics is what everyone is talking about. I have zero previous experience in data analytics, but I find myself drawn to it. The possibilities and opportunities for its application to our field are overwhelming! It is revolutionizing how we do what we do, but if you’re like me, sometimes you don’t know where to start.

Fortunately for those of us who are still learning the ropes of data analytics, there are many excellent resources available. In particular, I’d like to highlight that Coursera, the fabulous online educator, offers a handful of free courses on data analytics taught by experts in the field. Here are four upcoming options:

I’m signing up for at least one of these. Will you?

To those of you who are more experienced in the field of data analytics: what resources would you recommend for us amateurs?

*NOTE: This post is not sponsored by Coursera. I just love what they offer!

Carolina Rossini, Treasurer, APRA MidSouth


  1. That's a great resource! For newbies and experts alike, the faculty of last year's APRA Data Analytics Symposium collected lots of resources in the field and put them all in one place on delicious - You can also join the Prospect-dmm listerv and participate in discussion there. Recent conversation centered around recommended reading for data analysts, and all of the books mentioned have been linked and added to the delicious collection with the tag recommended_reading.

    1. Thanks so much for these great ideas, Audrey. The Apra Datamining site is spectacular, and I'm following the listserv now, too. Thanks again for sharing!