TIL: There’s a chief data scientist for the US. DJ Patil.

I know there’s lots of hype and drama over “big data”, some of which is over-the-top. But there are real needs and real opportunity in all sorts of data we are generating as well. So we now have a chief data scientist in the US. I found the news on the NIH Data Science blog, where they have more links and include this video where DJ Patil explains more about this role and the reasons.

Highlights of the video in case you can’t listen right now:

~6min he calls out “bioinformatics” as an area of emphasis

~10min he specifically talks of working with Phil Bourne and NIH about bringing data science and bioinformatics together.

The White House release about Patil references the Precision Medicine efforts. 1.29.15_precision_medicine

Precision medicine. Medical and genomic data provides an incredible opportunity to transition from a “one-size-fits-all” approach to health care towards a truly personalized system, one that takes into account individual differences in people’s genes, environments, and lifestyles in order to optimally prevent and treat disease. We will work through collaborative public and private efforts carried out under the President’s new Precision Medicine Initiative to catalyze a new era of responsible and secure data-based health care.

He asks for your help. They are building out teams. He wants everyone to check out the site and see if they can contribute.

US Data Service: http://whitehouse.gov/USDS

Follow @dpatil on twitter: https://twitter.com/dpatil

Hat tip to Beth Russell at the NIH Data Science blog called Input | Output: https://nihdatascience.wordpress.com/2015/02/24/dj-patil-is-the-new-chief-data-scientist-of-the-united-states/