10 Questions for the Nation’s First Chief Data Scientist

10 Questions DJ Patil reflects on his first year as chief data scientist in the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy. It’s been only eight years since DJ Patil—then the data and analytics lead at LinkedIn—co-coined the term “data scientist,” but the profession has already become one of the most popular in the country. Patil has long been involved in the data industry. As a doctoral student and subsequent faculty member at the University of Maryland, he used open datasets from NOAA to help improve numerical weather forecasting. For almost two years, he was the director of strategy, analytics, and products at eBay, Inc.; he spent nearly three years at LinkedIn; and he’s written books on the culture of data and building data products. Last year, the White…


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