DataPreneur Teaser 07: The Uncertainty of Space-Based Data – Complications, Convolutions & Anomalies

Our space experts explain the factors contributing to the inherent uncertainty of space-based data, and data in general.

Welcome once more to the VSDC blog! In today’s short installment of DataPreneur, David Perkins – host and entrepreneur in residence for VSDC – guides our returning space experts on a conversation about what makes space and space-based data so complicated. they touch on everything from the inherent uncertainty of all measurement, to the ever-changing trajectories of the many objects that must be navigated in a growing field of space junk surrounding our planet…

The experts joining David again this week are:

Dr. William Edmondson, who has spent the last 14 years performing research in the area of small satellites with a  focus on communications computing systems engineering, and technology development for SWARMS.

Dr. Kimberly Scott, Co-founder and VP of data science at Astraea, a geospatial analytics startup in the commonwealth of VA and who has an extensive background in space and space data, specifically studying galaxies and the fundamental nature of the universe.

And Dr. Bob Ash, a distinguished professor at ODU with an extensive background in space and physics, including space systems engineering, marsh exploration, and extraterrestrial resources.

Thank you for listening in! Be sure to come back to vadatahub.org for more eye opening interviews, and additional resources for data professionals.

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DataPreneur Teaser 06: Space-Based Data Providing New Perspectives on Earth.

Hello again! Thank you for returning to the VSDC Blog. In a continuation of this week’s discussion about space, VSDC’s Entrepreneur in Residence, David Perkins, leads our experts on a discussion about everything from oribital mechanics to hardening components against space radiation to solar flares, and how the data we gain in space impacts the way we live here on earth.

 

Joining David again this week are:

Dr. William Edmondson, who has spent the last 14 years performing research in the area of small satellites with a  focus on communications computing systems engineering, and technology development for SWARMS.

Dr. Kimberly Scott, Co-founder and VP of data science at Astraea, a geospatial analytics startup in the commonwealth of VA and who has an extensive background in space and space data, specifically studying galaxies and the fundamental nature of the universe.

And Dr. Bob Ash, a distinguished professor at ODU with an extensive background in space and physics, including space systems engineering, marsh exploration, and extraterrestrial resources.

DataPreneur Podcast Teaser 05: What is Space?

This week’s experts have a revealing discussion about the the very fundamentals of space, space science, and space data.

Welcome again to the VSDC blog. It is fantastic that you are here.

Today, we have a continuation the DataPreneur discussion on space. This time, our host and “Entrepreneur in Residence,” David Perkins, get the experts to weigh in with their perspective on the fundamentals of space… like, what even is it?

Joining David again this week are:
Dr. William Edmondson, who has spent the last 14 years performing research in the area of small satellites with a focus on communications computing systems engineering, and technology development for SWARMS.

Dr. Kimberly Scott, Co-founder and VP of data science at Astraya a geospatial analytics startup in the commonwealth of VA and who has an extensive background in space and space data, specifically studying galaxies and the fundamental nature of the universe.

Dr. Bob Ash, a distinguished professor at ODU with an extensive background in space and physics, including space systems engineering, marsh exploration, and extraterrestrial resources.

DataPreneur Podcast Teaser 04: Into Space

David’s panel of space experts expound on what got them into space in the first place.

Hey, Welcome back to the VSDC blog. Good to see you!

 

This week, VSDC’s Entrepreneur-in-residence, David Perkins, treats us to an all new mind blowing interview with an incredible panel of space experts!

 

In today’s segment, we get to hear each of the experts explain who they are, and what first inspired them to get into space.

 

Thanks for listening! Be sure to come back to vadatahub.org for more amazing interviews, and additional resources for data professionals.
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DataPreneur Podcast Teaser 03: Data vs. Value

Jason Krantz talks about the meaning of “value” when it comes to data.

Hello again! Welcome back to the VSDC blog. I appreciate you being here.

Today, join David Perkin’s, Entrepreneur in Residence for VSDC, for the third segment of his first interview with Jason Krantz, CEO and founder of Strategy Titan – which is a data advisory and consulting firm. This is from the DataPreneur podcast, where David hosts interviews with data scientists and subject-matter experts about their practical experience in both data science and entrepreneurship as part of the VA Smallsat Data Consortium, which is a statewide program led by ODU and Virginia Tech to stimulate data science startup companies in the commonwealth of VA.

In the third and final part of this interview, Jason and David discuss what value means with respect to data and analytics, and what can turn data into dollar signs.

Be sure to come back to vadatahub.org for more eye opening interviews, and additional resources for data professionals!

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DataPreneur Podcast Teaser 02: Business Skills for Data Science

Jason Krantz highlights the significance of developing “soft” business skills to better utilize technical skills.

This is the second part of David Perkin’s interview with Jason Krantz, CEO and Founder of Strategy Titan – a data advisory and consulting firm. This is from the “DataPreneur” podcast, where David hosts interviews with data scientists and subject-matter experts about their practical experience in both data science and entrepreneurship as part of the VA Smallsat Data Consortium, which is  a statewide program led by ODU and Virginia Tech to stimulate data science startup companies in the commonwealth of VA.

In the second part of this interview, Jason Krantz gets into the significance of what he calls “weaponizing” highly technical data science skills by bolstering those softer, more elusive entrepreneurial and business skills.

Thank you for listening in! Be sure to come back to vadatahub.org for more eye opening interviews, and additional resources for data professionals.

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DataPreneur Podcast Teaser 01: A People-First Approach to Data Science

Jason Krantz discusses the human element of data science

Welcome to the VSDC blog. Thanks for tuning in!

Today, we have an insightful teaser from the “DataPreneur” podcast hosted by David Perkins. This is from a series of interviews with data scientists and subject-matter experts about their practical experience in both data science and entrepreneurship as part of the VA small-sat data consortium, which is  a statewide program led by ODU and Virginia Tech to stimulate data science startup companies in the commonwealth of VA.

Here, David has a candid conversation with Jason Krantz, CEO and founder of Strategy Titan, a data advisory and consulting firm, about his people-first approach to data science the surprising significance of the human element.

Be sure to come back to vadatahub.org for more eye opening interviews, and additional resources for data professionals.

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VA Data Cube Year 1 Accomplishments

 

The Consortium facilitates the resolution of everyday problems for the Commonwealth’s scientific, entrepreneurial, and industrial communities.

 

VA Data Cube Year 1 Timeline

 

  • April 2020 – SOW established for AMA Partners
  • May 2020 – Established the notebook server and ”out-of-the-box” data cube software running in AWS
  • May 2020 – Established MITRE UIX participation
  • July 2020 – Example use case: Wildfires in western VA
  • July 2020 – Flooding and Resiliency (HR region) as part of MITRE Space UIX efforts
  • August 2020 – 2nd stage of development with AMA Partners
  • August 2020 – Example use case: HR Riparian buffer study
  • August 2020 – August 2020 – Initiated ecological and transport impacts study using data cube for Virginia port facilities
  • September 2020 – Initiated development of companion applications for data cube integration

 

VSDC Year 1 Milestones

VSDC Milestones / Accomplishments

VSDC Platform Development

  • Developed an Initial Small Sat Capabilities Inventory
  • Developed a Small Sat Data Downlink Architecture
  • Formulated and Began Development of Va. Open Data Cube

What it does

  • Serves as an open-source data curation system.
  • Aggregates time-series satellite, citizen-contributed, government and potentially industry provided data
  • Supports problem exposure and novel solutions

Who it is for

  • Commonwealth Industry, Citizens, Government Orgs.
  • VA Transportation studies
  • Local Covid-19 reporting
  • Commonwealth Infrastructure — Flooding Prediction/Response, Transportation Efficiency, Solar Power Efficiency, River Health and Wildfire Risk Analysis (MITRE Space UIX)
  • Citizen science campaigns
  • Novel data science activity
  • Any problem that could use wide scale data
  • Investors in data entrepreneurship
  • Researchers and Educators

What makes the VA Open Data Cube novel?

  • Comprised of a fusion of multiple datasets
  • High-fidelity VA-based datasets
  • An integration of data sharing solutions with the VSDC framework

Upcoming activity – Year 2

  • Transition to cloud-based services
  • New companion applications
  • Presentation of enhanced data cube capabilities to the VSDC community advisory board

VSDC Summer 2020 Internships

 

We proud to announce the VSDC STEM interns who have accepted the opportunity to join and contribute to the VSDC initiative. The interns are as follows, Jarius Hillman, Hannah Velasquez, and Skyle Close-Arzon. Further information on these rising applicants can be found under the VSDC About Us page. All three applications offer various high-level skills in engineering, economics, and aerospace experience, as well as leadership, teambuilding, and quick-learning skills. Continue reading “VSDC Summer 2020 Internships”