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All about that Data


July 17, 2018 By Katie Shine


Data. Big data. Data scientists. Analytics. Metrics. All words that we drop around quite frequently at work.

Often, we talk about these terms without understanding the real challenges that data experts are facing within every company. For HR professionals, it’s an integral responsibility to understand people: long-time colleagues, new hires, and potential recruits. Take a spin through these reads and keep them in mind the next time you’re chatting with a data scientist!

This week’s reads:

  • The death of data science?: Data science is not invincible. To progress, machine learning, increasingly complicated skill sets, and other interdisciplinary integrations need to be added to the field. Otherwise, it will become a career space without teeth to compete in today’s tech-savvy world.
  • What do data scientists want from a job?: Video time! Listen to a senior data scientist from Faraday Future give his advice on what he’s looking for in a team. Hint: it’s a delicate combination of opportunities for cross-functional collaboration, validation to share ideas, and plenty of solo time to analyze those finicky algorithms.
  • Data vs. regulation: Underneath the debate about facial recognition tools, there’s a deeper controversy brewing about the legal and ethical guidelines that must be set for data scientists and their employers. Their analytical capabilities are being used to extract sensitive data from consumers and it’s the duty of employers to be mindful of the consequences.
  • Data transparency slowly increasing at Twitter and Facebook: Companies are being edged more aggressively to reveal more information about their data. For Twitter and Facebook, their teams are (reluctantly) following suit to reveal more info about their ads including how they handle financial data and analyze users’ social media actions.
  • AI, data, and recruiting. Where’s the human in all of this?: Discoveries in data led to AI-based recruiting. AI recruiting, in turn, led to more advance data-backed tools to unearth the most diverse, top-quality candidates. However, even with these tools, human interaction is needed in the equation.

The world of data is constantly changing and it’s important to stay abreast of the changes that affect the hard-working data scientists out there.

Last call for our digital transformation event tomorrow. We’ll be discussing engineering culture, product challenges, and scaling with Merrill, UTC Digital, and BounceX.
Have a wonderful day,
Katie


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