The challenge of developing data science in a way that achieves its full potential raises important questions for the research and education community: How can we evolve the field of data science so it supports the increasing role of data in all spheres? How do we train a workforce of professionals who can use data to its best advantage? What should we teach them? What can government agencies do to help maximize the potential of data science to drive discovery and address current and future needs for a workforce with data science expertise?
The ability to manipulate and understand data is increasingly critical to discovery and innovation. As a result, we see the emergence of a new field - data science - that focuses on the processes and systems that enable us to extract knowledge or insight from data in various forms and translate it into action.