Andreas Weigend | Social Data Revolution | Fall 2013
School of Information | University of California at Berkeley | INFO 290A-03

Social Data Revolution

INFO 290A-03
Fall 2013 (10/29 - 11/26)
202 South Hall, School of Information, UC Berkeley

This course, taught by Andreas Weigend, Amazon’s former chief scientist, is about the use, the importance, and the future of data.

Course description

Leading companies in the digital network economy, such as Amazon, Facebook, and Google, are using big data to revolutionize the way individuals interface with the world. This course examines the impact of our digital footprints, what they can be used for, and how they reveal surprising details about human behavior.
The first class gives an overview of the underlying principles of how ubiquitous data is changing the world. Three of remaining four classes will show how data science impacts the future of work, commerce, and health. We will be joined by industry leaders, similar to past years (2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008). Students will understand the opportunities and risks of the irreversible shift in business and human interaction created by the social data revolution.

If you are potentially interested in this course, sign up now, swing by the first class, and then decide whether it is for you or not. If you have any questions, please email

Class dates and times

  1. Oct 29 (Tue, 3:30 - 6:30 PM) Lecture: The Social Life of Data Group work: The Equations of Class
  2. Nov 5 (Tue, 3:30 - 6:30 PM) Lecture: The Future of Work
  3. Nov 19 (Tue, 3:30 - 6:30 PM) with Paul O'Shaughnessy, General Manager, Network Products and Services, Intel
  4. Nov 26 (Tue, 3:30 - 6:30 PM)


The list of students and projects is at . Please review and complete your information before the beginning of the first class.


The shared whiteboard for anything you want to quickly jot down for the class or during class is