White Home appoints first ever chief knowledge scientist

White House appoints first ever chief data scientist

The White Home has a brand new worker: Chief Knowledge Scientist and Chief Know-how Officer for Knowledge Coverage, DJ Patil. His excessive-degree job description, in line with the White Home weblog, is that he’ll assist “form the practices and insurance policies and practices to assist america stay a pacesetter in know-how and innovation.” On a extra granular notice, newly appointed US chief know-how officer Megan Smith says that he’ll be engaged on the Precision Drugs Initiative that makes use of knowledge to assist physicians present higher care whereas defending their privateness.

Earlier than becoming a member of the White Home employees, Patil labored as a knowledge scientist with eBay, PayPal and Skype, amongst others, and spent a while in academia, along with serving to the Division of Protection research social media networks to foretell rising home threats. All this to say, he is extremely certified to carry place because the nation’s first-ever CDS. ​Patil’s hiring should not precisely come as a shock, both: one in every of President Obama’s largest directives throughout his tenure has been to make the most of public knowledge and make it usable by everybody. Naturally, there would must be somebody to care for all of that information.

Welcome DJ Patil to @WhiteHouse !! First US Chief #DataScientist & Deputy CTO http://t.co/Sw6n2nIZB0 #OpenData #PMI pic.twitter.com/MKTiKEDYAf

– Megan Smith (@USCTO) February 18, 2015

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