Hi Marco, and everyone participating here,I hate the term "Data Scientist" as anyone can use it as fluff or not; It has zero recognition indicating any academic integrity i.e. you can't cheat to get the designation like a solid university would (not knocking Coursera here: they do have fine print that most I would suspect ignore in a hasty "click" of that box, that said you had read the TOS and the privacy stuff. LOL: a simple fact check that can assess whether you did or not, and the context to which you did it, when you did it, self-expressingly you disdain for details, yet you are "scientific"? (did anyone gasp there?)For example, my dog in our never ending struggle for enthalpy, she wants entropy, and rearranges her fluffy toys often, no matter how I confine then, and can convey an infographic to many people on activity. I take a picture and communicate it to other people and they get her message, with her toys about her, flung or not. Is she with the data at her hand, not a better "Data Scientist" than most folks who can pick data out of Data Models (DM) that others capture, from source systems (CoS) then due to access of it, absent SME (subject matter expert) consultation, produce some verbiage that is of their "Data Science"? Is this an "infographic"?
Or is this an "infographic"?
Being mindful of what the purpose of the "data" is and what information it is collected, in purposeful design to capture that data, a data scientist then would be a how to collect data scientifically confining the alleged "Data Science to say the IoT end devices where ever they exist, and the geospatial etc. to that.
So I conclude the field is wrongly ascribed: it is truly "Information Communications Science" or a schmancy for marketing (sex sells eh) "IC Science" -- wow,that has so much mystery and intrigue I might want to study it myself :) Or how about this more real world relational::
In IT, big IT anyways, we have Data Architects. that design structures for data, captures, data models, and on and on.They usually work in context of IT training and supportive Business clients. It appears to me as lonely business but very sophisticated. But what does a real world Engineer do with an Architects work? They make it work, by pulling out the form of the Architect into functional use, strong, fit, that can be displayed in the real world i.e. in IT speak, make infographics needed by management to get on with their jobs or by the public to get quickly what the heck is on going on near instantly with a picture of it.A picture is a 1000 words right? But what if it's a game changing idea, paradigm shifting? I would argue that might be a "million" words, lifetime changing, modifying past experience in that "I knew that" moment, instantly conveyed as "Instant Karma" moment in space and time (yada yada). Thoughts? We got to hammer a debate out or this is a waste of my time and yours. Cheers,Lawrence