All posts by Gil Press

Gil Press has worked as a research and marketing executive at NORC, Digital Equipment Corporation, and EMC Corporation. He is Managing Partner of gPress, a social sciences and market research consultancy.

How Data Became Big

In addition to researching “A Very Short History of Data Science, “I have also been looking at the history of how data became big. Continue reading

A Very Short History of Data Science

I’m in the process of researching the origin and evolution of data science as a discipline and a profession. Here are the milestones that I have picked up so far, tracking the evolution of the term “data science,” attempts to define it, and some related developments.

I would greatly appreciate any pointers to additional key milestones (events, publications, etc.).

Milestones in the Evolution of “What is Data Science?”

I’m in the process of researching the origin and evolution of data science as a discipline and a profession. See here, for the milestones that I have picked up so far, tracking the evolution of the term “data science,” attempts to define it, and some related developments. I would greatly appreciate any pointers to additional key milestones (events, publications, etc.).

Steve Jobs and the NeXT Big Thing

On October 12, 1988, Steve Jobs unveiled the NeXT Computer at Symphony Hall in San Francisco. A day or two later, I was among a standing-room only crowd at Symphony Hall in Boston, admiring the all-black, beautifully-designed workstation with a brand-new optical drive (no hard disk drive in the computer of the future according to Jobs) that played a duet with a human violinist. Continue reading