The RSS has confirmed it is setting up a Data Science section to act as a professional body representing data scientists in the UK.
The Society wants the new section to become home to members of the data science community interested in influencing policy and decision making in areas such as privacy, data sharing, data ethics and training.
It will also seek to be the trusted voice on data science for employers by promoting good practice and reinforcing statistical aspects of data science, as well as promoting public understanding of data science.
'There is currently no professional body that represents the data science community in the UK,' said Andy Garrett, who is organising the new section. 'The Society, as a broad church, provides the natural home with its forward-looking and outward-facing agenda.'
As well as Andy Garrett from ICON plc, the section committee will include senior data scientists from the commercial sector, government and academia, including Mark Girolami from the Alan Turing Institute.
The section’s other aims include supporting the career development of data scientists, as the Society already does with statisticians, and providing opportunities to improve data science skills through training courses and other events. These could include themed meetings to provide a platform for the data science community and other interested parties to discuss emerging topics such as data ethics and algorithmic responsibility.
As with the work of all RSS sections, the Data Science Section will meet the needs of the data science community in the UK and abroad, and will ensure its activities are accessible to the widest possible range of members.
The Society's sections provide a great way for members with an interest in a particular area of statistics to get involved in the Society and meet other people who share their particular interest. Here’s a list of all of our current sections and study groups.
A dedicated page for the new Data Science Section, including information on how you can join it, will be set up on our main website in due course, where more information will be posted as it becomes available.