Data Science: Equality at Last!

October 9, 2012

Despite the vast literature around Big Data, the “Data Agents of Change” are still a mysterious bunch.  They are called “Data Scientists”, but who are they really?

We don’t know what the exact job description for a Data Scientist is or how different they are from their ancestors, the Data Analysts.  In fact, when I asked Merv Adrian who now works for Gartner, what a Data Scientist was, he answered: “a Data Scientist is a Data Analyst who lives in San Francisco.”  Merv might have meant it as a joke – but he might not be too far off.