Initiative for Analytics and Data Science Standards (IADSS)

Global Analytics Professional Standards

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As the role of data science and analytics is expanding very rapidly in creating new business models or changing existing ones, the demand for analytics professionals is growing at an increasing rate. However, almost every company in the industry has a unique way of defining roles and assigning titles in data analytics related positions which have resulted in a chaotic market that is confusing to employers, academic and training institutions, and candidates; with a large number of unqualified candidates calling themselves “data scientist”, “data architect”, “data engineer” or “analytics professional”.


Definition & Objective


The number of analytics professionals is rapidly increasing

The number of Kaggle members gives insight about the rapid increase in the number of analytics professionals


Research Study

Initiative for Analytics and Data Science Standards (IADSS) has launched a global scale research study that aims to gain insight about the analytics profession in the industry and help support the development of standards regarding analytics and data science role definitions, required skills and career advancement paths. This will help set some industry standards which in turn could support the healthy growth of the analytics market.


The study reaches out to several hundred analytics leaders and practitioners globally through in-depth interviews and detailed questionnaires as well as an extensive review of any existing market insight, social media data, etc.


IADSS will hold "2nd Workshop on Data Science Standards – What do you need to know as a Data Scientist? " workshop at KDD 2020, San Diego (virtual). Click here to learn more about the workshop.


About Us

Usama Fayyad

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Open Insights, CEO

OODA Health, Co-Founder

Barclays, Former CDO

Hamit Hamutcu

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Analytics Center, Co-Founder

smartcon, Co-Founder

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