On April 16, 2013, industry experts, advisors and visionaries convened on Twitter to discuss the bourgeoning role of the data scientist during our bi-weekly #IMChat. Named “Sexiest Job of 21st Century” by Harvard Business Review, data science is an amorphous and complex field, encompassing business knowledge, analytics expertise, technological skills and visualization capabilities. So what exactly does a data scientist do and do you really need one?

During this lively exchange, all those questions were answered and more. Moderated by Information Management Editor-in-Chief Julie Langenkamp-Muenkel (@JulieLangenkamp), the chat featured Krish Krishnan (@datagenius), among other data luminaries. The recap below lists the questions posed and a number of the most insightful tweets:

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