Data Science for Social Good

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Learning and Doing Data for Good 2022 Conference

Earlier this month the eScience Institute held the “Learning and Doing Data For Good” conference, an event for current students and alumni in university-based data for good programs, their project partners, and data science professionals. The goal was to inspire discussions and networking with others who are motivated to learn from and meet the needs […]

Data Science for Social Good Teams Present Their Final Project Results

By: Emily F. Keller

Student fellows at the University of Washington Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) program presented the results of their 10-week summer projects on August 17th. The fellows conducted their work on four interdisciplinary teams, working with project leads and data scientists. 

The DSSG program at the eScience Institute brings together students from universities […]

Interdisciplinary Team Creates Tool to Detect and Quantify Satellite Streaks

By: Emily F. Keller

The recent growth of low-Earth-orbit satellites is posing a threat to a range of groups who rely on the sky for science, spirituality and tradition, by leaving a plethora of bright streaks across the night sky. A project team at the University of Washington Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) program is […]

Research Team Examines the Impacts of Seattle’s Minimum Wage Ordinance on Household-Level Poverty

By: Emily F. Keller

Research about the relationship between poverty and the minimum wage in Seattle has often focused on examining the economic circumstances of individual workers. One of the projects of the Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) summer program at the University of Washington is expanding this lens to create data that views workers […]

Interdisciplinary Team Designs Database to Advance ‘Self-Sufficiency Standard’ Research

By: Emily F. Keller

Determining the income level that working families need to meet their basic needs requires a dynamic approach. An interdisciplinary team at the University of Washington (UW) Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) program is laying the groundwork for the integration of multi-sourced data from across the U.S. to provide researchers and policy […]

Applying ‘Geospatial First’ Approach to Estimating Heating Loads in Alaska

By: Emily F. Keller

Decarbonization efforts to mitigate the impacts of climate change face a unique challenge in Alaska. While about 70 percent of energy use in the state goes to heating, there is a lack of reliable broad-scale data on the portion of energy that is used for heating in buildings. An interdisciplinary team at […]

Introducing the Data Science For Social Good 2022 Projects

By: Louisa Gaylord and Emily Keller

On June 13th, the University of Washington’s Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) summer program began with sixteen student fellows working on four project teams in collaboration with data scientists from the eScience Institute and project leads from academic institutions. Student fellows joined the program from colleges and universities around […]

Data Science for Social Good Teams Present Their Project Results

By: Emily Keller

On August 18th, student fellows at the eScience Institute’s Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) program presented the results of their 10-week summer projects on the topics of fairness in computational redistricting, and the impacts of Seattle’s minimum wage ordinance in relation to residential displacement and commuting patterns. The student fellows conducted their […]

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Data Science for Social Good Team Builds Tools to Support Fairness in Computational Redistricting

By: Emily Keller

This fall, Congressional leaders will begin the state redistricting process that takes place every ten years to reflect population changes captured by the U.S. Census. As the process gets underway, a team in the  University of Washington Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) program is creating a resource guide to help nonpartisan groups […]

Data Science for Social Good: Exploring Geographic Factors of Seattle’s Minimum Wage Law

By: Emily Keller

When the Seattle minimum wage law took effect in 2015, it dovetailed with an increase in housing prices as an influx of high-wage technology workers moved to the region. For an interdisciplinary team in the University of Washington Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) program, this raises the question of whether some of […]