The word “datalogy” (mentioned in the beginning) is still used in Sweden; I used to teach courses in it!
I’m in the process of researching the origin and evolution of data science as a discipline and a profession. Here are the milestones that I have picked up so far, tracking the evolution of the term “data science,” attempts to define it, and some related developments. I would greatly appreciate any pointers to additional key milestones (events, publications, etc.).
[An updated version of this timeline is at Forbes.com]
1974Peter Naur publishes Concise Survey of Computer Methods in Sweden and the United States. The book is a survey of contemporary data processing methods that are used in a wide range of applications. It is organized around the concept of data as defined in the IFIP Guide to Concepts and Terms in Data Processing, which defines data as “a representation of facts or ideas in a formalized manner capable of being communicated or manipulated by some process.“…
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