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Singapore Sets Example With New Data Scientist

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Terry Sweeney
Terry Sweeney  
1/27/2014 11:41:23 AM
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Qualities we want to cultivate in all professionals
Really interesting post, Mary... and I'm glad you used this news as a stepping stone to consider what makes a good analytics professional. Impressive credentials are certainly, uhh, impressive. But I couldn't agree more with your point about the ability to ask incisive, powerful, thoughtful questions. Most organizations, public or private, don't do a good job of encouraging this or bringing to life this instutitonal value.

I also really appreciate anytime someone calls for greater curiosity in the workplace (or anywhere else). I think this quality is shockingly overlooked or ignored, and I'd assert it's a cornerstone of right-thinking organizations truly committed to innovation and creativity, much less sussing the real value out of civic datasets.

Resurgent phoenix
Resurgent phoenix  
1/26/2014 6:06:49 PM
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Potential within
I agree with the thought of finding someone with potential and add passion for the City and project then training them. Face some people take jobs just for the money....glory or ....

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
1/22/2014 5:42:27 PM
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Re: What other cities have CDSs?
That's a terrific question, Nicole, and one with no simple answer. In fact, it's a line of inquiry that seems to lead all over the lot. I'm investigating, for instance, the situation in Chicago, Byzantine. Stand by for more on that.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
1/22/2014 5:35:18 PM
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Re: What other cities have CDSs?
New York does not, but we have a Director of Analytics, or something like that...

The IT-related roles in city government are getting a bit confusing, and I'm wondering if there's getting to be too much overlap between job descriptions here. Do people like data scientists, analytics directors, digital officers, etc., all report to the CIO?

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
1/22/2014 11:08:02 AM
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What other cities have CDSs?
Does your city have a chief data scientist?

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