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NDSO Update Newsletter October 2016

The National Data Science Organizers were Recognized by the White House Today!

EVENT: Thursday, October 6 from 9:00AM ET to 12:30PM ET

LIVESTREAM: This event was livestreamed at


HASHTAG: #OpportunityProject    #NDSO

WASHINGTON, DC – Since taking office, President Obama has focused on expanding access to opportunity for all Americans, and has also prioritized making government data open and accessible. Today the White House is hosting an event to announce 29 new digital tools created by non-profits, companies, and students through the Administration’s Opportunity Project.  Multiple tech teams have created tools for individuals, families, community leaders, and local officials in response to high priority challenges identified by several federal agencies.  These tools address a range of issues, from helping unemployed Americans build skills and find jobs to navigating data on school quality for students and families. 

A team consisting of the National Data Science Organizers’ (NDSO), and the South Big Data Hub-Atlanta, has partnered with  LNRG, a $25 million dollar MacArthur funded project, to build an online civic-tech course for youth 13-25 to learn the concepts of data science. This course or “playlist” was built using the White House Open Opportunity Project datasets to teach civic technology and data skills, while helping youth both learn about and serve the needs of their local communities with technology.  Next summer, the NDSO network plans to connect students and youth that complete the civic-tech playlist, to a broad set of multi-city mentorship opportunities to help them gain relevant real world experience. The playlist is now launched, open, and aptly named “The Big Deal”.

WHO: Administration officials participating in this conference will include:

·         Cecilia Muñoz, Director, White House Domestic Policy Council

·         Megan Smith, U.S. Chief Technology Officer

·         DJ Patil, Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer for Data Policy

·         Christopher Lu, Deputy Secretary of Labor

Thank you to all of you who participated in this effort!
NDSO NEW Opportunities and Resources
New Tech Event Portal Launched this Summer.

 John Verostek, organizer of the Boston Predictive Analytics group and member of the National Data Science Organizers (NDSO) launched an exciting  new Tech Event portal called: TechPizza on the National Day of Civic Hacking. TechPizza allows users to find all upcoming and past technology events, including Civic-tech events, hosted internationally by Meetup groups across the country and around the world. He will be partnering with the South Big Data Innovation Hub to create a persistent events page linking to TechPizza from the South BD Hub website. Please Visit:

Open Job Posting from NumFocus

NumFOCUS is seeking to hire a full-time Projects Director to develop and run a sustainability incubator program for NumFOCUS fiscally sponsored open source projects. This is the first program of its kind, with opportunity for enormous impact on the open source ecosystem. The learnings from this program will be public, meaning it has the potential to change how all open source projects are managed. A substantial amount of remote work and travel will be part of the job. The position will be based in Austin, although other US locations will be considered. NumFOCUS offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package. (Selection Begins October 10th)
NDSO Highlights
(Partnerships, Projects, and Events)

DataKind, Teradata Cares, Data Science for Social Good Atlanta, and South Big Data Hub!

Thank you to everyone who was apart of the campaign to get inspired and give back. You rolled up your sleeves for an afternoon Project Accelerator that helped nonprofits kick-start their data science journeys. That brainstorming session helped organizations take the first steps toward a successful data science project by bringing together a round table of experts to provide quick advice and data consulting. We met other members of Atlanta’s robust Data for Good community and learned about each organization’s unique approach to leveraging data in the service of humanity. You can continue to be apart of the solution by starting each day networking with fellow data do-gooders excited about using data science for good. Sept 10, 2016 11-7 pm (EDT) | Georgia World Congress CenterAtlanta GA
 @TeradataCares @DataKind  @dssgatl @SouthBigDataHub  

See Pictures Here
The West Big Data Innovation Hub (WBDIH), Research Data Alliance (RDA), and Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP), and Big Data Utah

By convening data scientists, engineers, designers, and other stakeholders to work on challenges with marathon-like intensity, data-focused hackathons can spark meaningful collaborations and produce viable solutions.  This hands-on, interactive workshop empowered our community leaders with lessons learned and best practices from hackathon organizers and participants. Workshop attendees met and collaborated with other innovation enthusiasts from academia, government, nonprofits, and industry to capture insights about the design, implementation, and scalability of data-focused hackathons.  Sept 15, 2–5pm MST  |  Denver, CO Join the conversation with #datahackworkshop!

The Data Science for Social Good Program had it's first National Conference in Chicago

This conference highlighted the successes, opportunities, and challenges faced by the growing Data Science for Social Good community by bringing key members from each community (academia, governments, non-profits, foundations, social enterprises, and corporations) together to share best practices, learn from each other, and generate new collaboration opportunities

Call for Highlights:


Your amazing events can be highlighted here as well!
Send an email or link to Dr. Renata Rawlings-Goss at with information about upcoming events of benefit to the entire data science organizer community. 

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