Free e-book on Data Science with RA new book by Jeffrey Stanton from Syracuse Iniversity School of Information Studies, An Introduction to Data Science, is now available for free download. The book, developed for Syracuse's Certificate for Data Science, is available under a Creative Commons License as a PDF (20Mb) or as an interactive eBook from iTunes.
The book begins with the following clear definition of Data Science:
Data Science refers to an emerging area of work concerned with the collection, preparation, analysis, visualization, management and preservation of large collections of information. Although the name Data Science seems to connect most strongly with areas such as databases and computer science, many different kinds of skills - including non-mathematical skills, are needed.
Direct link to ebook page: http://jsresearch.net/wiki/projects/teachdatascience
See blog entry: http://blog.revolutionanalytics.com/2013/02/free-e-book-on-data-science-with-r.html