Monica,

We regret to inform you that the discipline of data science no longer exists and therefore we can give no advice on how to become a practitioner of it. It has been clear from early on that data science is not science or a type of science but rather a tool often used by scientists to do science, but also by many other disciplines as well. Unfortunately the name data science was made up by some hype addled Silicon Valley programmers and marketing people and it just stuck. Luckily, though data science no longer exists as a named discipline the practice formerly known as data science continues. The new name will be announced soon. We hope the confusion among the general population resulting from this sudden name change is more than made up for by the overall improvement in clarity and precision of the language t will bring.

Regards,

Executive Committee on Clarity of Language

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Research scientist (Ph.D. micro/mol biology), Thought middle manager, Everyday junglist, Selecta (Ret.), Boulderer, Cat lover, Fish hater

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