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Using Data for Social Good at DataKind

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dkby Angela Guess

Daniel Gutierrez recently wrote in InsideBigData, “There is a movement underway to translate the use of data into social good. One of the premiere non-profit organizations that strives to help make this happen is DataKind which matches data scientists with projects. Data scientists work in their spare time on a pro bono basis. Over on Quora I’m asked frequently about how newbie data scientists can gain real life experience. Typically I advise folks to participate in Kaggle challenges, but lately I’m telling them to seek out playing a role over at DataKind. Why not help people while learning and gaining experience?”

Gutierrez continues, “Jake Porway is the founder and executive director of Datakind. In his Strata+Hadoop Keynote, Jake talks about data for the ‘best of intentions,’ or using data to institute radical change to some of the world’s most pressing problems. In particular, he addresses the five principles for applying data science to social good.”

The DataKind website puts it this way: “This is, without hyperbole, a historic time for humanity. Mobile phones, sensors, and new software have created an abundance of data that can be mined, understood, and harnessed to gain new insights about our world and transform almost every sector. The same algorithms and techniques that companies use to boost profits can be leveraged by mission-driven organizations to improve the world, from battling hunger to advocating for child well-being and more. However, most social change organizations don’t have the budget or staff to take full advantage of this data revolution and most data scientists don’t realize just how valuable their skills can be.”

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photo credit: DataKind

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