The world’s growing interest in data science is undeniable. One can see this reflected in the increased number of new academic degree and certificate programs, the number of new jobs available for individuals with data science skills, and the rising migration of researchers with computational skills to the private sector. In an effort to channel our efforts, we focus on six major themes around which academic data science discussions coalesce

Career Paths and Alternative Metrics

Working Group Lead: Ed Lazowska

Identify “data science fellows” who might otherwise slip through the cracks or go to industry, and groom them for a new breed of faculty position by creating new roles for data science professionals on campus that are not subject to “publish or perish,” and that are equipped to pursue pragmatic, high-impact software-oriented data science projects.

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Education and Training

Working Group Lead: Magda Balazinska

Establish alternative mechanisms that are free from departmental politics and conventional structures: boot camps, summer schools, tutorials.

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Software Tools, Environments, and Support

Working Group Lead: Jake Vanderplas

Successful projects are characterized by a balance between specialization and generality: sufficiently focused to actually solve a problem, but with the ability to scale to enough users or enough domains to amortize the cost of the initial development. We seek to institutionalize these patterns of success to help deliver the “next 100 Sloan Digital Sky Surveys.”

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Reproducibility and Open Science

Working Group Lead: David Beck & Ariel Rokem

Establish a culture of reproducibility and open science, and develop tools to support an environment where researchers find both the tools and the best practices for their research to be openly accessible to society and fully reproducible, more effectively feeding a productive cycle of research.

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Data Science Studies

Working Group Co-Lead: Cecilia Aragon
Working Group Co-Lead: Brittany Fiore-Gartland

UW Data Science Studies is a group of cross-disciplinary researchers studying the sociocultural and organizational processes around the emerging practice of data science.

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Working Spaces and Culture

Working Group Leads: Micaela Parker, Sarah Stone

Establish new physical spaces on our campuses, specifically designed to meet the new requirements of data science activities, which in many cases will flourish best outside of traditional departmental boundaries.

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