Data Scientists Create Code Of Professional Conduct
Big data practitioners develop data science guidelines for a profession where, they say, ethics are often lacking.
The Data Science Association is a non-profit organization with more than 500 members, even though it's only about 2 months old. Based in Denver, Colorado, its mission is to define the term "data science" and the duties and ethical responsibilities of the people who call themselves data scientists, according to founder and president Michael Walker.
"Things were really getting out of control in terms of the definition of 'data science,'" said Walker in a phone interview with InformationWeek. "A lot of people who really weren't data scientists started calling themselves data scientists. And I saw a lot of data science malpractice in the companies, or clients, that we work with." Walker is a managing partner at Rose Business Technologies, a Denver-based provider of data management and IT services. He hopes the Data Science Association can help protect the integrity of his chosen profession, which he said is rife with under-qualified practitioners and big data vendors making false promises.
"What's in short supply are trained data scientists to analyze and interpret and get that actionable, valuable intelligence [from data]," Walker said. Read full story on InformationWeek
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