On Sunday, September 24th, 2017, we will reconvene our community to deepen our mutual understanding. The theme for this year’s edition will be “With Great Data comes Great Responsibility,” or how data science can be applied to solve public interest problems without losing its soul.
The data revolution has enabled businesses to provide better service, at lower cost, and to more customers, at a scale and rate of change not seen since the industrial revolution. In contrast to the corporate sector, the public and non-profit sectors have seen significantly less application of data science methods.
Since 2014, Bloomberg has hosted the annual D4GX conference on the application of data science to solve problems for the social good. This forum enables data scientists from academia, industry and public sector actors from government and NGOs to build relationships, share insights and progress, and encourages them to work together on applying modern machine learning and data science methods to challenges in the public and non-profit sectors.
Social Media Data for Good
The Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research (dg.o) is an established forum for discussing interdisciplinary research on digital government, political participation, civic engagement, technology innovation, applications, and practice.
Data Collaboratives: How to Create Value from Data for Public Problem Solving?
The panel will address the problem of value creation from Data Collaboratives by discussing the mechanisms to generate public value, value proposition for public and private sectors, lessons learnt from practice, and potential challenges and barriers for Data Collaboratives. The panel brings together academics and practitioners in an interactive setting and features presentations by the following speakers: Stefaan Verhulst (The Gov Lab of NYU), Natalia Adler (UNICEF), Marijn Janssen (TU Delft), Todd Harbour (New York state), and Theresa Pardo (University at Albany). The panel will be moderated by Iryna Susha of Orebro University.
The 2017 EFC AGA and Conference will focus on the theme of ‘courage for solidarity’ and specifically how philanthropy should be involved in fostering, supporting and promoting it. It will offer a unique opportunity for delegates from around the world to reflect on their own work, learn from their peers, and discover how, by finding the courage to re-embrace solidarity, they can help shape a brighter future.
Data & Philanthropy
“Every spring, the International Data Responsibility Group organises the annual IDRG conference in The Hague. This annual meeting brings together experts and practitioners working with data for crisis-affected communities and the most at-risk populations worldwide. Through presentations by a variety of experts and several interactive workshops, participants explore the potential risks and harms that could be caused by using this data, and ways to prevent these from materializing. The theme for this year’s conference will be the potential risks of collecting and processing digital data in the European Migration Crisis.”
The first UN World Data Forum will be hosted by Statistics South Africa from 15 to 18 January 2017, with support from the Statistics Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, under the guidance of the United Nations Statistical Commission and the High-level Group for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-Building for Statistics for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
It will be an opportunity for data and statistics experts from around the world to: