Data Science for Social Good in the NewsRobin Brooks2021-11-29T14:06:44-08:00
King 5 News interviews some of the 2017 Data Science for Social Good fellows. Photo, Micaela Parker, eScience Institute
The impactful results of our Data Science for Social Good program have been featured in a variety of news and media resources. Click the links to explore our media coverage.
2021 news articles
King County Metro and MV Transportation were awarded a METRO Innovative Solutions Award for CommonPaths, a new multi-tenant GIS recording and reconciliation system to collect, process, and distribute high-fidelity pathway information for pedestrians, including those with disabilities, in a standardized and computable format. The platform was built in partnership with the UW Taskar Center for Accessible Computing Technology and its OpenSidewalks project, which was initially developed in the 2016 DSSG program.
A 2020 DSSG project to improve the detection of vote dilution, which contributed to the re-drawing of school board districts in East Ramapo, New York, has resulted in electoral changes in a 2021 special election of school board trustees. A federal appeals court has also upheld the initial ruling of voting rights violations that led to the redistricting effort. The case was featured in The Wall Street Journal.
2020 news articles
The research from one of the DSSG 2020 groups was used in a federal court ruling on the East Ramapo Central School District and voting district equity in Southern New York. In a case brought against the district by the New York Civil Liberties Union, the team’s research helped confirm that the district’s white majority had controlled the outcome of the school board elections for every seat on the board for well over a decade.
ACLU Washington published the Algorithmic Equity Toolkit, which was planned and co-designed as a project in the 2019 DSSG program. The Algorithmic Equity Toolkit, or ‘AEKit,’ is a set of resources designed to help people better identify government surveillance and automated decision-making technologies. Program participants are among the key contributors listed on the ACLU-WA website.
The ADUniverse project conducted in summer 2019 was featured in Architect Magazine, which awarded the project a 2020 R+D Award. The tool developed by the DSSG team, in collaboration with the City of Seattle, promotes the development of accessory dwelling units to increase housing access. In September 2020, the City launched a website featuring the tool, which appeared in The Urbanist.
2019 news articles
One of the 2019 Data Science for Social Good team’s research on traffic congestion pricing is highlighted in a segment of TVW’s “Washington to Washington” program (segment starts at minute 23). Project lead Mark Hallenbeck is interviewed.
The Seattle Times article, “UW student project taps ORCA cards, unlocks data trove,” chronicled the DSSG project, “Use of ORCA data for improved transit system planning and operation,” which was based on nine weeks of data collected from nine regional transit systems via pre-paid cards.