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A Conceptual Model for the Professional Profile of a Data Scientist

Data-driven web applications support most of the activities in our current world, built upon databases and data services. Consequently, Data Scientists emerge as a role of major importance, extracting value from data and creating even more data products with increased value. The term Data Scientist attracted a lot of attention during the last years, becoming relevant to understand its origin, knowledge base and skills set, in order to adequately describe its profile and distinguish it from others, such as Business Analyst. This work proposes a conceptual model for the professional profile of a Data Scientist, showing that a significant part of its knowledge base and skills set are related with Information and Communication Technology (ICT), including programming, machine learning and databases, and also with areas such as computer science, statistics and mathematics.


Carlos Costa    
University of Minho

Maribel Santos    
University of Minho


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