Help Change the World with Data Science

June 24, 2011
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New York based data scientist Jake recognizes that statisticians could be doing better things with data than trying to predict the ideal ad for someone to click on. In an article in the Guardian, he describes the mission of his new organization, Data Without Borders, to bring the skills of data scientists to nonprofits and charities who could better use their data to improve the lives of the less fortunate.

New York based data scientist Jake recognizes that statisticians could be doing better things with data than trying to predict the ideal ad for someone to click on. In an article in the Guardian, he describes the mission of his new organization, Data Without Borders, to bring the skills of data scientists to nonprofits and charities who could better use their data to improve the lives of the less fortunate.

If you’re interested, you can sign up at the Data Wthout Borders website, where the mission is explained:

Are you a data scientist / data hacker / statistician who loves to explore new data streams and wants to do some good at the end of the day?
 
If so, then come join us! Data Without Borders seeks to match non-profits in need of data analysis with freelance and pro bono data scientists who can work to help them with data collection, analysis, visualization, or decision support.

Big companies like Google and Amazon recognize the importance of dedicated data science teams and can support fulltime analysts, but non-profits, though they may have rich and interesting datasets, don’t have the resources to capitalize on their data or may not even know the value of the data they already collect.

Data Without Borders aims to close that gap through a data scientist exchange, bringing exciting new problems to the data community and helping to solve social, environmental, and community problems alongside non-profits and NGOs.

Data Without Borders: Sign Up