All corners of society have been impacted by the digital revolution, and the digital world is now intertwined with nearly every person's life. Data surround us where we work, live, and play. But what is data? And why is it important?

While the terms 'data' and 'information' are often used interchangeably,  in the context of computing, data refers to distinct pieces of digital information in its unprocessed or unorganized form. Because data are not easily interpreted, we rely on software and machines to help us process and understand data. Hence, Data Arts & Sciences constitute the ways in which use technology to help us glean insight and knowledge from data.

Whether you plan to enter the field of business, academic research, medicine, education or government, data is likely to play a big role. Every field has big questions, and every field now has access to big sets of data. Our collaborative programs emphasize the skills, tools, and techniques you need to solve real-world problems using the power of data and digital technology. The applications are limitless. What do you want to do?

To learn more about our collaborative programs in Data Arts & Sciences, see our Courses of Study page.

To learn more about data and some of its applications, see our Learning Resources page.

If you have questions about data or data-related careers, see our Frequently Asked Questions page.

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