I’m about to head to the airport for a day’s travel across the continent to Seattle. The occasion is the inaugural D.R.I.V.E. conference, Oct 26-27. DRIVE stands for Data, Reporting, Information and Visualization Exchange, and I will present a session on the nature of data used for predictive modeling. The general message is that although “insight” data looks like the same stuff used for reporting, business intelligence, and other “everyday” uses, the way we think of it has to be totally different.
But today’s post isn’t about me. It’s about the team of reporting professionals at the University of Washington who have taken on the task of pulling together a conference from scratch. No professional group is behind this, no vendor – just university and nonprofit staff people, pursuing excellence in their field. How often does that happen?
It’s a great opportunity to meet other practitioners who are keen on becoming more aware of the value of their institutions’ data. As an extra bonus, I will be traveling to Seattle a day early in order to meet with fundraising staff at the University of Washington, some of whom will no doubt be up to their eyeballs in last-minute conference stuff.
And guess what — the conference is sold out. I salute them!