GigaScience

GigaScience is arguably the most innovative scientific publisher today. It publishes not just the journal article (a metadata rich advertisement of work undertaken) but also the data (on their multi-purpose GigaDB.org site) and the analytical tools (also hosted on GigaDB.org but also on GigaGalaxy.net Рproviding a live test system for published analyses).

I am currently employed as a ‘Data Scientist’ at GigaScience – I chose that title because it’s the buzzword of the current decade, but really it’s the same Bioinformatician role that I’ve had for almost 10 years. Bioinformaticians have been doing ‘Data Science’ for decades but no one called it the ‘Sexiest job of the 21st Century‘.

Recently I’ve changed my LinkedIn profile to show the job title, “Open Data Scientist” because that more closely reflects the nature of the work at GigaScience – doing so has not stopped the recruiters from harassing me on there, despite the fact that their clients would hate the concept of ‘open’ in any of their projects.

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