Visualising the career paths of 200 astronomers turned data scientists.
The first in a series of blog posts that explore how and when astronomers transition into data science careers.
The Science to Data Science (S2DS) and Insight Data Science fellowships are 5–7 week intensive post-doctoral training fellowships that bridge the gap between academia and data science in industry. This interactive visualisation was created to get a better sense of what stage in their career astronomers move into data science.
How many PhD students forego postdoctoral research in favour of moving straight into data science?
How many professional astronomers are moving into data science?
At what stage of their career do they do this?
How may postdocs do they have on their CV before deciding to leave?
Are tenured astronomers moving into data science?
How many go through a data science fellowship programs?
How many do industry internships?
How many go back to complete a Masters in Data Science or other similarly formal data science education?
How many make the transition without a data science fellowship? Have any moved back and forth between academia and data science? </p>
Why do they move in data science?
The data: comes from the LinkedIn profiles of 116 astronomers who moved from astronomy to data science at some point in their career.
The visualisation: was created using the d3.js sunburst template, HTML, and CSS.
MADE.com is a UK-based online retailer with an award-winning business model. Foregoing traditional storefronts, Made has only three UK-based showrooms and works directly with designers and manufacturers to produce high-quality, thoughtfully designed furniture at remarkable prices.
As a made-to-order online company with furniture moving from ship to lounge room, leveraging production and customer data is critical to managing their supply chain. If too many products are made the company loses money is dock or storage fees; too little and customers wait longer to receive the orders. Made also prides itself on keeping ahead of trends, so predicting customer behaviour is vital to their business.
What I love most about Made.com is their TalentLAB crowdfunding platform. It’s a place to discover new talent and unique products you won’t find anywhere else. TalentLAB was born out of the MADE Emerging Talent Award – an annual competition for up-and-coming designers to break into the industry, and get their product made and sold.
An evening of networking & talks
We had the privilege of spending the evening with Made’s CEO, Talent Acquisition team, and Data Science team. Being a design focussed retailer, it should come as no surprise that visiting Made’s London Headquarters was a really lovely experience. We were welcomed with drinks and nibbles, and more food following talks from Made’s leaders. Talks focussed on Made’s current and future data science aspirations, and why growing their team is critical to their future success.
Farhan Miah – Head of Acquisition
Bulat Yapparov – Head of Analytics, and
Sarah Fairbairn – Culture Club Representative
Where does Data Science fit in?
Understanding the Customer Lifecycle
Considered purchases means long sales cycles.
Cross device browsing is hard to track – but here to stay
User journeys do not start at their site, they start in search engines.
There is untapped potential to drive repeat purchases.
Accurate sales forecasting is key to good lead times
Predicting forecast hits at the design stage could be game changing
The customer service team currently scales with sales
Advances in AI means many simple customer service queries should be able to be automated.
Visual search – finding products of a similar colour, shape, or style.
Identifying products that work well together.
Learning to understand a customers style.
Mike Butcher MBE, is Editor-at-large of TechCrunch, the biggest breaking news site about the world’s hottest tech companies. Mike has been named one of the most influential people in technology, and is a regular commentator on the tech business. He founded the Europas Conference & Awards, the charity Techfugees, and has been an advisor on startups to the British Prime Minister and the Mayor of London. He was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2016 for services to the UK technology industry and journalism.
We had the privilege of spending an evening Mike, and hearing him speak about Artificial Intelligence and the future of technology.
Needless to say it was quite enlightening…
Today is the first day of S2DS London Data Science Fellowship program and there is a palpable buzz in the air, perhaps made a little more intense due to my complete lack of jetlag. Arna 1 – BST 0). It may also have something to do with the fact that Yorkshire tea bags have more tea than in Australia, or the fact that it's 7:23am I am already on my second cup. Regardless, the wait is over and I'm keen to get started.
Mapping the Journey:
My journey to get here started back in April and I'll talk about that in a future blog post. Suffice to say, I've been mapping the customer experience/service design as a Data Fellow – so far so good. Once I'm back in Australia I'll attempt to present my findings in a cohesive, informative and productive way. I've been using UXPressia, an elegant solution for quickly putting the main elements in place. Smaply and Realtime Board are also good options. The final journey map will look something like this;