12 highlights from US Chief Data Scientist DJ Patil's #WHData Twitter chat

DJ Patil, U.S. Chief Data Scientist, held a Twitter chat Wednesday discussing the White House's efforts regarding big data.


Mr. Patil is the government's first chief data scientist. Before joining the White House in February, Mr. Patil worked in the private sector at companies including RelateIQ (which has since been acquired by Salesforce.com), Greylock and LinkedIn.

In his Twitter chat, Mr. Patil expressed optimism about the White House's big data efforts and outlined key focus areas ripe for growth.

Mr. Patil kicked things off by outlining 16 key lessons he has learned since taking the job. Here are some of the highlights.


Mr. Patil then started answering questions from Twitter users. One user asked Mr. Patil to summarize big data goals the White House has achieved in the past six months.

Responding to a question about whether the government will accept private data sets as donation, Mr. Patil said they encourage people to use public data sets to build off each other.

And, Mr. Patil jokingly said the difference between working in the public and private sector boiled down to dress code, among other things.

When asked about safeguarding patient data, Mr. Patil said the patient sits at the center of any strategy and shared a link to the privacy and trust principles associated with the White House's Precision Medicine Initiative.

Mr. Patil ended the Twitter chat with a request.

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