Humans of Data 26

“What motivates me to keep going is teaching people who are going to keep this going after us. Managing data will find its place in the world.  I don’t mean analytics, I mean taking care of the data so that people can run legitimate analytics.

It annoys me just now – a lot of these data science and data analytics programs, they’re all about statistics, visualisation, analysis, but very little about actually curating the data underneath. Not to say that data curators don’t need to know a little bit about analysis but people who do data science in the business environment, they often don’t know much about curation.  People working for businesses, they complain that they spend 80% of their time cleaning data and without that, the data wasn’t usable. But I feel like saying, ‘If you hired data curators you wouldn’t have to deal with that problem!’”