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A new Big Data UniversityHead over to Big Data University and you’ll find our new site. We didn’t simply change the presentation of learning paths and courses. Instead, we switched to a whole new platform which provides a much nicer experience when it comes to taking courses.

We also introduced a series of new badges, backed by IBM. You can obtain level 1 badges by passing the first course of a learning path, and level 2 badges when completing all the courses within a learning path.

It’s a great way to showcase your commitment to learning and, why not, brag a little on your LinkedIn profile and on social media. 😉
A new Data Science Learning Path

Speaking of learning paths, we just launched a new Data Science Fundamentals learning path.

It includes the following new courses:

  1. Data Science 101
  2. Data Science Methodology
  3. Data Science Hands-on with Open Source Tools
  4. R 101

It’s a great learning path, and people who have taken it tell us that they really enjoyed. We highly recommend it.
IBM DataFirst in-person and online event

IBM DataFirstExperience new ways to put your data to work. Join data and analytics leaders and practitioners from the open source community, startups, and enterprises at the IBM DataFirst Launch Event on Tuesday, September 27 from 6:00-10:00 PM ET, at Hudson Mercantile, 500 West 36th Street, New York, NY 10018.

At the DataFirst Launch Event, IBM will unveil new ways for you to explore how to put data to work on your path to becoming a Cognitive business. The event will bring together data engineers, data scientists, data developers and data designers. Attendees will have the opportunity to:

  1. Hear inspirational keynotes and exciting special announcements
  2. Listen to community leaders sharing their expertise
  3. Get hands-on with the new Data Science Experience and machine learning services
  4. Accelerate their build-to-production cycle by taking an InsightOps approach
  5. Amplify the value from their data with lessons from new members of the IBM Open Analytics Ecosystem
  6. Enjoy an evening of food and drink with your peers

Speakers include: Bob Picciano, Senior Vice President IBM Analytics; Ritika Gunnar, Vice President IBM Analytics Offerings; Peter Wagner, Founder of Wing Venture Capital; Peter Wang of Continuum; Nik Green, Director of Business Intelligence & Data Management at Delhaize America, Jim Deters, CEO & Founder of Galvanize; and Mukesh Sehgal, Founder & President of RSG Media Systems.

Register here to attend the DataFirst Launch Event in person. Those attending the second training day of Strata + Hadoop World Event can easily walk to the DataFirst Launch Event, which is just a few blocks from Jacob Javits Center.

Or, if you can’t make it, to watch the livestream. If you register for the livestreamwe’ll send you a calendar update and login link. You will also be able to follow the event on Twitter at @IBMBigData and using the hashtag #DataFirst.
Thank you very much for your support and participation,
The BDU Team

PS: Don’t forget to check out our weekly blog posts.
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