Inside the Data Reading Room – Summer 2020 Edition

Regular readers of this blog know that I am an avid reader and that I regularly post quick reviews of the technology books that I have been reading. This year has been a great one to catch up on reading, what with the pandemic and social distancing going on. So here are 4 interesting books I’ve been devouring this Summer.

Introducing Artificial Intelligence: A Graphic Guide by Henry Brighton and Howard Selina (ISBN: 978-184831214-2) published by Icon Books.

If you are looking for a nice, introductory treatment of artificial intelligence look no further than this concise, inexpensive, little book. It offers a trove of useful information that will help you to understand what AI is, the issues that can arise as it is adopted, and how it will change the way we use information systems.

The book is not geared for a developer looking for in-depth algorithms and such. Instead, it is focused on giving a nice, broad overview to the layperson. Coverage of the history of AI, its philosophical issues and implications, and the various types of AI (neural networks, machine learning, etc.) are all covered at a high level… and with graphics to support the descriptions and definitions. There’s even a short, but reasonably useful Index.

You won’t become an AI expert after reading this book, but you will have a reasonable foundation from which to learn more. And you can use the Further Reading section to help you along that path.

I’ll probably re-read this short book several more times (at least portions of it) just to make sure that my foundational AI knowledge is sound. If you want a similar foundation, pick up a copy of Introducing Artificial Intelligence: A Graphic Guide and give it a read today. You won’t be sorry.

Business Knowledge Blueprints: Enabling Your Data to Speak the Language of Business (2nd edition) by Ronald G. Ross (ISBN: 978-0-941049-17-7) published by Business Rules Solutions (BRS)

Anybody who has worked with data over the last several decades should know about the work and books of Ronald G. Ross, who is one of the founding luminaries of the concept of business rules. Ross has written extensively about business rules, having written The Business Rule Book, which was the seminal work in this field, but he has also written classic books on entity modeling and database systems.

At any rate, we now have a new, second edition, of his recent book Business Knowledge Blueprints. Herein you will learn the art and science of integrating data discovery and modeling with business communication.

This book contains a wealth of information about designing your data systems with the business in mind. It will be useful for anybody who works with data and needs to be able to communicate about and use the data in a way that is understandable to business and benefits the business.

With chapter like “Defining Things” and “Disambiguating Things”, as well as a whole section on “How to Define Business Terms in Plain English”, Ross takes you on a journey from confusion and messy data to building robust business vocabularies.

This book should be required reading for any professional whose work involves digital transformation and business transformation!

Data Democracy: At the Nexus of Artificial Intelligence, Software Development, and Knowledge Engineering, edited by Feras A. Batarseh and Ruxin Yang (ISBN: 978-0-12-818366-3) published by Academic Press

Not sure what data democracy is? But your interest is piqued because it has sounds “data” in the title? Well, you should be interested and you’ll understand the term well if you give Data Democracy a thorough read.

The author claims the book to be a manifesto for data democracy, and it succeeds in that challenge. Everybody is part of the “data republic” and therefore needs to be aware of their data… who has access to it, how they got access to it, how it is being used, how it is protected, and more.

In short, data democracy is the concept of sharing data instead of letting it be monopolized by a few large concerns. Of course, it is not quite that simple, so a book is needed… this book.

If you consume or create data – and at this point who does not – you will benefit by reading Data Democracy.

Data Governance: How to Design, Deploy, and Sustain an Effective Data Governance Program by John Ladley (ISBN: 978-0-12-815831-9) published by Academic Press

John Ladley’s latest book is the second edition of his Data Governance book, first published in 2012. If you know the first edition of this book, you’ll certainly appreciate this updated second edition. Reading this book will provide you with a comprehensive overview of why data governance is needed, how to design, initiate, and execute a data governance program, and how to keep the program sustainable.

There is a ton of new content in this second edition, including new case studies, updated industry details, and updated coverage of the available data governance tools that can help.

The book will be useful to you whether you are a novice or a seasoned professional. At the heart of this book is the framework that Ladley communicates that you can follow to build and maintain successful data governance at your organization. In combination with the use cases that he walks through in the book, you have a powerful guide for launching your data governance program.

Useful for both small and large organizations, be sure to pick up a copy of this book if you are charged with any aspect of data management and data governance within your shop.

Note: you can click on any of the links to purchase the books from amazon

About craig@craigsmullins.com

I'm a data management strategist, researcher, and consultant with over three decades of experience in all facets of database systems development and implementation.
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