Attendees of the 2018 MSDSE Annual Summit pose for a group shot. Photo, Robin Brooks, eScience Institute

Attendees of the 2018 MSDSE Annual Summit pose for a group shot. Photo, Robin Brooks, eScience Institute

By Robin Brooks

Over 100 people attended the Moore/Sloan Data Science Environments (MSDSE) Annual Summit, which took place in Park City, Utah, Oct. 10 – 13. This short conference allows university faculty and staff from the UW, New York University Center for Data Science, and Berkeley Institute for Data Science who are involved with the MSDSE project, to come together to share knowledge and ideas on data science-related projects.

The program included break-out sessions, lightning talks, a poster session, networking opportunities and time to brainstorm on research. A wide array of topics was presented, including climate research, computational tools, data science instruction, genomics, reproducibility and many more.

eScience Director Magda Balazinska co-led a discussion on “Highlights from five years of MSDSE and sustainability” and data scientist Daniela Huppenkothen offered a plenary session on hackweeks at a joint reception with the Data Science Leadership Summit.

This was the fifth year the Summit was offered; it was announced at a reception that the event will continue again next year due to its fruitful collaboration results and popularity amongst the researchers.