Next Gen Civic Data Scientists Get A Peek At The Road Ahead

UChicago (Credit: Wikimedia) In a small classroom at University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy on a balmy fall evening, Brett Goldstein laid out the next two years to a group of 20 future civic data scientists. “People go in feeling like they have to change the whole thing,” he said, of getting into the civic data space. “Just shifting the dial a few inches matters too.” It was an orientation meeting for this year’s cohort in the masters in Computational Analysis and Public Policy (CAPPS) program at Harris. The program, which started last year, gives equal weight to developing computer science skills to handle large influx of civic data, and the thought process behind how that translates to civics. It’s for the data scientist who sees Python as policy.…

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