Decision Support News
D. J. Power, Editor
November 27, 2016             Vol. 17, No. 24

In this issue

1) What are the skills of a data scientist?
2) Recent Decision Support News Headlines
3) Upcoming Decision Support Conferences/Call for Papers

1) What are the skills of a data scientist?

by Ciara Heavin and Daniel J. Power

Like many of the IT professional roles, much jargon and many buzzwords are used to describe the role of a data scientist. The term was first discussed by Cleveland (2001). Davenport and Patil (2012) extolled the data scientist as the “Sexiest job of the 21st Century”. They noted a data scientist is "a high-ranking professional with the training and curiosity to make discoveries in the world of big data." Today, organisations small and large across industry sectors continue to be challenged to define the role and skills of a data scientist. Employers need to ask some difficult questions about data scientists, including what and how much domain expertise does a data scientist need to have? What can a data scientist do for my organisation? and How can I attract and keep a good data scientist?

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2) Recent Decision Support Headlines

11/26/2016 IBM Security offers tips To shop safely on Cyber Monday. Check release.

11/21/2016 Medicalis establishes imaging learning network to encourage evidence-based clinical decision support. Check release.

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

1. 2016 Pre-ICIS SIGDSA/IFIP WG8.3 Symposium, Sunday, December 11, 2016, Dublin, Ireland. Check here.

2. 2016 IEEE International Conference on Data Science and Systems (DSS 2016), 12-14 Dec. 2016, Sydney, Australia. Check here.

3. Call for papers: EWG-DSS 2017 International Conference on Decision Support System Technology (ICDSST 2017), May 29-31, 2017, Namur, Belgium. Check here.

4. Call for papers: 12th Annual Conference of Midwest United States Association for Information Systems, Springfield, IL May 18-19, 2017. Check here.


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