data science in the universities

I spent the day attending a site visit by the Sloan and Moore foundations relating to NYU's efforts in data science. Of course no-one yet knows what data science is; that was part of the whole conversation. The day included a lot of discussions about university structures to support interdisciplinary research, cultural changes required in the scientific community to properly support and promote people working on methods, and the context and value of new educational programs. I learned a huge amount, and enjoyed it. Whatever happens with these foundations, NYU is committed to hiring nine new people in data science over the next five-ish years. Watch this space for pointers.

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