DataScrum

WE ARE ALT DATA SCIENTISTS

Welcome to DataScrum - All About Alternative Data


We are a global community of data scientists who

use alternative data to solve problems across industries


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Who we are

DataScrum is a community of alternative data enthusiasts, including but not limited to data scientists, data vendors, data consultancies and recruiters, and data-driven companies.

 
 
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What we do

We organise regular, fun events on alternative data topics with speakers from a variety of industries including financial services, health care, insurance, marketing / ad technologies and retail.

Our talent discovery platform aims to connect bright minds to exceptional career opportunities within our community.

Please check our Events page for more details.

 
 

Alternative Data Providers

We maintain a database of alternative data providers across different types such as social and sentiment, web traffic, app usage, credit/debit card transaction data , web email and consumer receipts, geo-location, satellite, weather, and sensor / IoT data.

 

PUBLIC DATA

This includes data from public resources. Examples include SEC filings, patent data, government contracts, import/export data, etc. Popular use cases: patent data for tech company; supply chain imports for manufacturing; government contracts for construction company.
 

SOCIAL SENTIMENT DATA

Data obtained from text processing of social media, news, management communications, and other sources. Sentiment data is relevant for some companies (think younger, more trading volume, more volatile) more than large, established corporations. The data is often more relevant to shorter-term traders as it does not always reflect fundamental business aspects. On the lower end of cost spectrum. Popular use cases: Event-driven sentiment tracking; Brand Virality/Advertising success.

WEB TRAFFIC

Data on quantity, demographics, and history (clickstream) of users visiting a certain website and in some cases conversion rates. This is popular for tracking e-commerce efforts. Popular use cases: travel bookings; e-commerce.
 

SATELLITE AND GEOLOCATION DATA

This includes data collected from satellites or (increasingly common) low-level drones. This data is expensive and of variable quality. Image processing is as important as data collection (raw data is not valuable to most investment teams). Satellite data on parking lots is only useful if a more direct measurement of store activity (geo-location data) or spend (credit card, email receipt) data is not available or beyond price range. Popular use cases: supply chain disruption tracking; agriculture yields tracking; construction tracking; oil & gas production/storage.

 
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Get Involved

We are an open community and encourage all members to get involved and to help us grow the alternative data movement in Europe and beyond. Make sure to join our Meetup group to keep informed on our upcoming events.

Below are just a few ways you can help out.

 

Sign Up to SPEAK

If you have an interesting topic or use case of alternative data that you would like to share with others, please get in touch with us.

SUGGEST A SPEAKER

If you have a friend or a colleague whom you think would be suitable to be speak at one of our events, please send us more details and we will get in touch.

START a CHAPTER

If you would like to run an event or meet up in a different location, please contact us and we will get in touch.