Please join us tomorrow at the Change Seminar. Ariel Rokem from the
eScience Institute will be joining us to talk about last summers Data
Science for Social Good (DSSG) program and upcoming plans for the this year.
*What:* Data Science for Social Good at the eScience Institute
*When:* Tuesday, Feb 16 at 12pm
*Where: *The Allen Center, CSE 203
*Abstract *During the Summer of 2015, the University of Washington eScience
Institute ran an interdisciplinary summer internship program focused on
urban informatics, civic engagement, and data-intensive social science.
Borrowing elements from the successful Data Science for Social Good (DSSG)
programs at the University of Chicago and Georgia Tech, and building on our
own previous consulting and "incubation" programs for data-intensive
projects in physical, life, and social sciences, we brought together teams
of students (graduate, undergraduate, and high school), data scientists,
project leads and stakeholders from the University of Washington and local
NGOs to design, develop, and deploy new solutions to high-impact problems
in the Seattle Metro Area.
The teams worked on 4 different projects: two addressing transportation
access for people with limited mobility, one identifying factors affecting
whether homeless families find permanent housing, and one deriving new
metrics of community well-being from social media data and other relevant
data sources. The teams worked in the eScience Data Science Studio space
designed in part for this purpose, and participated in tutorials on
relevant tools and technologies, such as GitHub, Python, R, Amazon Web
Services, and SQL, as well as topical presentations and discussions related
to social good and multi-stakeholder collaborations. While the diversity in
software and disciplinary experience among participants was initially
challenging for tutorial organization and scoping projects, this diversity
actually helped to improve the scope of the projects.
We are currently preparing for the next installment of our urban DSSG
fellowship, and we are accepting applications at:
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