Over at the Business Bytes Genes Molecules blog, Deepak Singh talks about the role of biological data scientists and, more specifically, how "we need to change our idea of the role of bioinformaticians." Singh refers to a post at The Practical Quant, written by Ben Lorica, which outlines ways in which institutions can — and should, he says — "nurture" data scientists. Lorica says that:
This is part of the reason why data scientists "thrive" at small start-ups, Lorica says. Larger organizations can foster a nurturing environment for data scientists by beginning with a small group of data science "evangelists," "embracing non-traditional data sources," allowing the team to use new tools and techniques, and "shield[ing] them from middle managers" — who can be quick to stifle data management innovation — he adds.