The recent United States presidential election was hard fought on both sides and generated a lot of emotion. It seems that divisions remain, but one thing both sides can agree on is the surprising lack of accuracy in the predictions about who would win and by how much.

This seems to have dealt a considerable blow to the reputation of data science. The perception is now very widespread and there can be little doubt that it is influencing more general attitudes. Could it be that data science has suffered such loss of prestige that decision makers will start to question the viability of funding data science, and the more general data management activities that support it?

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