The data science ecosystem
Balázs Kégl

Very valuable contribution! Having been seen doing things that make no sense to people whom I worked with, and having seen things being done that made no sense to me by other people, I really appreciate the diagnosis of the problem where the incentives to engage in interdisciplinary (perhaps defined a bit more broadly than usual) approaches to tackle problems are lacking. In principle, I’d be tempted to parrot the exhortations that more cross-disciplinary collaboration is needed, but I’ve seen enough to realize that the problem is a bit deeper. Often, even relatively basic knowledge of what is going on in other fields is lacking. There is little understanding of why things are being done the way they are, beyond the superficial, and the kind of investment needed for anything more than trite is too large a price for the incentives available.