Data Science for Social Good

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DSSG Project Supports Equity in Voting District Boundaries

By: Emily Keller

As states, counties, cities and school boards across the country prepare to re-draw their voting districts in 2021, a software package that is being updated through the Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) program will help to ensure equal representation among constituents.

Voting district boundaries are re-drawn after each Census to account for changes in […]

August 6th, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |

DSSG Team’s Model Will ID Online Coronavirus Disinformation

By: Emily Keller

 

While informative news articles about COVID-19 play a key role in fighting the pandemic, a range of erroneous blogs and articles with fake virus cures, political propaganda and conspiracy theories are also circulating online.

A new open source tool being developed as a project in the eScience Institute’s Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) summer […]

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Algorithmic Equity Toolkit

By: Mike Katell

We are extremely proud to introduce the Algorithmic Equity Toolkit, planned and co-designed as a project of the Data Science for Social Good program (DSSG) at the eScience Institute in the summer of 2019. The Algorithmic Equity Toolkit, or ‘AEKit,’ is a set of resources designed to help individuals better identify government surveillance […]

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Data Science for Social Good launches projects on polarized voting and online disinformation

By: Emily Keller

On June 15th, the University of Washington’s Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) summer program began with eight fellows working on two project teams in collaboration with data scientists from the eScience Institute and project leads from academic institutions and nonprofit organizations. Student fellows joined the program from colleges and universities around the […]

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Data Science for Social Good teams present their project results

By Emily F. Keller
Sept. 18, 2019

On Wednesday, Aug. 21, fellows from four interdisciplinary teams presented the results of their projects at the eScience Institute’s Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) program. The ten-week summer program, which began in 2015, brings together student fellows, stakeholders, and data and domain researchers to work on collaborative projects for […]

September 18th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: |

Data Science for Social Good team analyzes equity of congestion pricing on Interstate 405

By Emily F. Keller
August 19, 2019

A team in the eScience Institute’s Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) program has partnered with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to study the usage patterns, price sensitivities and equity impacts of congestion pricing on Interstate 405.

The project utilizes data on the more than 16 million trips taken in […]

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Team develops prototype tool on accessory dwelling units for homeowners

By Emily F. Keller
August 16, 2019

The City of Seattle is collaborating with an interdisciplinary team in the eScience Institute’s Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) program on a project to encourage the development of affordable accessory dwelling units (ADUs). The team is prototyping an informational tool for homeowners and researchers as part of broader citywide […]

August 16th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |
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Data Science for Social Good team analyzes peer support data to understand ‘helpfulness’

By Emily F. Keller
August 14, 2019

Young adults who face mental health struggles often turn to social media for peer support, leaving a large data trail in a field that has been traditionally documented through qualitative work. A team at the eScience Institute’s Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) program at the University of Washington (UW) […]

August 14th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

Team develops ‘Algorithmic Equity Toolkit’ at Data Science for Social Good program

By Emily F. Keller
August 7, 2019

Community advocates who are concerned about the impacts of surveillance technologies and algorithmic decision systems (ADSs) will have a new set of examination tools soon. A team at the eScience Institute’s Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) program at the University of Washington (UW) is developing a package of tools […]

August 7th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Data Science for Social Good projects begin

Emily F. Keller
July 9, 2019

On June 17th, the Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) summer program began with 15 fellows working on four project teams in collaboration with data science leads from the eScience Institute and project leads from academia and government. Student fellows, including five international students, joined the program from colleges and universities around the […]

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