Keeping Data Science Broad Webinar Series

What makes data science so relevant is not only its unparalleled ubiquity and enormous scope, but its potential to improve life and decision-making across a wide variety of areas. Consequently, as data-driven decision-making becomes more commonplace, having the skills to understand and make sense of data can provide a sense of power to the larger citizenry – or conversely, a sense of powerlessness to communities without these skills. This “Data Divide” separates communities that have access to devices and services that provide rich, data-driven services from those that don’t; it separates data-savvy individuals, and communities that have understanding and awareness of how their data is being collected and used to provide individualized services (and thus informed protections), from those that do not. The economic and social consequences of the Data Divide stratify populations, and severely limit the opportunities of those who are unable to take advantage of the data revolution.


The goal of this series is to garner community input into pathways for keeping data science as a discipline broadly inclusive. We seek input from data science programs in any region across the nation, either traditional or alternative, and from a range of institution types including minority-serving institutions, community colleges, liberal arts colleges, tribal colleges, universities, and industry partners


Program committee members represent a broad spectrum of communities with a diversity of geography (West, Northeast, Midwest, and South), disciplines (Computer Science, Math, Statistics, other domains), as well as institution type (minority serving institutions, community colleges, 4 year colleges, tribal colleges, and universities). The series’ Principal Investigator is Dr. Renata Rawlings-Goss and it was co-sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the South Big Data Hub, and the Georgia Tech Institute for Data Engineering and Science.


Outcomes of KDSB included the creation of an ongoing program (DataUp) to build data science education capacity across the South

Two reports were produced in association with this program:

The Keeping Data Science Broad Community Report

– The National Academies Report “Data Science for Undergraduates- Opportunities and Options,” which included the KDSB report input representing minority serving institutions, community colleges and liberal arts colleges

Our Initiatives

Launched by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2015 we engage communities, share resources, and build partnerships that harness the data revolution to address societal and scientific challenges.

Metro/Urban Data Science

Precision Medicine

Natural Resources & Hazards 

Big Data Technology

Advanced Materials and Manufacturing

Digital Agriculture

Smart, Connected, and Resilient Communities

Water Quality

Big Data in Health

Health and Disparities

Smart Cities and Communities

Advanced Materials and Manufacturing

Environment and Coastal Hazards

Social Cybersecurity


Education + Data Literacy

Urban to Rural Communities

Responsible Data Science: Security + Privacy Ethics

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