Decision Support News
D. J. Power, Editor
June 23, 2013             Vol. 14, No. 13

In this issue

1) What is a data scientist?
2) Recent DSS News Headlines
3) Upcoming Decision Support Conferences/Call for Papers

1) What is a data scientist?

by Daniel Power

A practitioner of the emerging discipline of data science is called a data scientist. Data science is not the science of data, rather the term refers to a more sophisticated and systematic analysis of data. Many bloggers and commentators who use both terms are extending the word "science" well beyond how physical and social scientists typically use that term. The definition of science focuses on systematic study involving observation, experimentation, and data collection to try to understand a phenomenon. Loosely the phrase data science fits the definition. We need to ask: "Have the knowledge and skill requirements and the task expanded to justify training and preparing a new category of scientists?"

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2) Recent DSS News Headlines

06/19/2013 IBM big data analytics helps History Colorado Center better engage visitors with an enhanced cultural experience. Check release.

06/19/2013 SAP® Student Academy offers online training for University students. Check release.

3) Upcoming Decision Support Conferences/Call for Papers/Books

1. Call for papers due August 29, 2013: Workshop "Reshaping Society through Analytics, Collaboration, and Decision Support" December 15, 2013 in Milan, Click here

2. DSI Annual meeting, Baltimore, Click here

3. INFORMS Conference on Information Systems and Technology Oct. 5-6. Click here


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