As a data librarian since the mid-1980s, I have watched the field expand and bourgeon with a sense of giddy delight. A good friend who has been a data librarian longer than I have once said he would retire when children started saying that wanted to grow up to be data librarians. Well, that time may have come. As a documents librarian since the late 1970s, watching the merger of “data” and government information in the minds of government officials as well as librarians is like a dream come true.
Reading this piece from “The First-Ever U.S. Chief Data Scientist” on the White House web site shows just how important government data has become.
- A Memo to the American People from U.S. Chief Data Scientist Dr. DJ Patil: “Unleashing the Power of Data to Serve the American People”. (February 20, 2015)
Patil says, “my role as the U.S. CDS will be to responsibly source, process, and leverage data in a timely fashion to enable transparency, provide security, and foster innovation for the benefit of the American public, in order to maximize the nation’s return on its investment in data.”
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