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Ellen Talbot
Geographic Data Science PhD student
University of Liverpool
WHAT DO YOU DO?

I look at cool real world datasets and try to understand if we can learn more about the world by studying the patterns people leave behind in their data.

WHAT SKILLS DO YOU USE MOST IN YOUR JOB?
  • Researching
  • Statistics
  • Analysis
  • Writing
WHAT'S THE MOST INTERESTING THING YOU'VE WORKED ON IN YOUR CAREER SO FAR?

I got to be one of the first ever people to work on a Smart Meter dataset from one of the UKs biggest suppliers.

WHAT'S YOUR EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND?

I have a human geography degree, a geographic data science masters and work experience in the transport sector! I knew I wanted to make maps but soon discovered I needed more statistical knowledge to tell a good story with them, so I went back to university to get my PhD.

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO GO INTO DIGITAL & TECH?

Wanting to make maps, and meeting a great community of ladies opened my eyes to other opportunities. I also want to be the person undergraduate girls can relate to when they are the minority in a coding class.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO GIRLS THINKING ABOUT A CAREER IN DIGITAL AND TECH?

You should definitely consider a career in tech - the community is so strong and empowering you will never feel like there's nobody who can help. Everyone shares their stories of failure as well as success and it's easy to find a passion when there's this much encouragement around!


I AM...
RESOURCEFUL
SPIRITED
ENCOURAGING