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Why a Data Community is like a Music Scene

David Byrne, lead singer for the Talking Heads, has a new book out called How Music Works. Chapter 8 is entitled “How to Make a Scene”, and it lists eight factors that he argues resulted in the NYC punk and new wave music scene of the 1970s and 1980s, centered around the iconic music club CBGB. As President and co-founder of Data Community DC, these factors reminded me strongly of way that my organization is part of an effort to build a coherent professional community around data/data science/analytics.

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