#IDCC13: What is a Data Scientist?

6 December, 2012 | in DCC News
By: Bridget Robinson

"Infrastructure, Intelligence, Innovation: driving the Data Science agenda" ...... So what is a Data Scientist?

The IDCC13 Programme will address this question in a Symposium to be held on Tuesday 15 January.

One of the contributors to the Symposium will be Stephanie Wright.

Stephanie is currently the Data Services Coordinator at the University of Washington Libraries and is responsible for developing and implementing a data services program to support the research data management needs of UW faculty and students. Her focus is to promote collaboration on data management resource development, service provision and education which she does by building relationships between the Libraries and research data-related entities both on and off-campus.

She has been sharing some of her thoughts about the forthcoming conference in a preview blog

Looking forward to the Symposium Stephanie says “there isn’t any one definition for “data scientist”. There are different titles, different roles, different expertise and not only are data scientists identified differently within the profession but also among those we serve. This can be both challenging and beneficial but I think mostly leads to questions and confusion over the skills we have and services we can provide.”

Stephanie’s view as a Data Librarian will be complemented by Louise Corti from UK Data Archive who will contributing in her role as a Data Steward, Scott Edmunds from Gigascience as a Data Publisher and Francine Bennett from Mastodon C as a Data Analyst.

Check the IDCC13 programme for further information and timing of all the sessions.

Please note that the current registration fee will increase from Tuesday 11 December 2012 so remember to register now.

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