The US’ first chief data scientist says there’s never been a better time to be someone interested in …

It’s been eight years since DJ Patil — then the data and analytics lead at LinkedIn — helped coin the term “data scientist,” and 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 later faculty member at the University of Maryland, he used open datasets from NOAA to help improve numerical weather forecasting. He was the director of strategy, analytics, and products at eBay and later spent nearly three years at LinkedIn. He’s written books on the culture of data and building data products. Last year, the White House appointed Patil as its first chief data scientist and deputy chief technology officer for data policy in the Office of Science and Technology Policy. We chatted with Patil about what got him…


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