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Humans of Data 037

“I think it’s about making a difference in the world. To believe that by working with data and metadata and technologies, and making data available to data scientists, to researchers, but also probably even more importantly to decision makers and policymakers, making high quality data so they can make the right decision – that’s what drives me about working with data, just to make sure whoever has the potential to make the world a better place has the right information in order to be able to make the right decisions. I want to be optimistic. You know, things can be better. But I believe in people. What I find is a lot of data problems can be easily resolved. It’s not a technology problem. It’s not a standards problem. I mean, there’s maybe a data quality problem. But at the end of the day, the biggest problem is change management – people changing the way they work. And resistance to change is the ultimate hurdle. It’s a human problem for sure. That’s the biggest challenge. And that’s why I really like to try to inspire people to see what we can do. Because if you get that energy and passion to make things happen, it’s really worth it. And I think inspiring people is a big thing, as well as to convince them that you should just take one little step at a time because it’s gonna get better if you do it. A lot of the things we’re struggling with today could have been resolved ten years ago or even fifteen years ago, if people would say, ‘Yeah, let’s just do it. Let’s not worry.'”


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