Focus on Education + Data Literacy


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The objective of this focus area is to work with the community to guide the development and dissemination of data science approaches and resources for education across the community, from PreK-12 to higher education and industry, with the goal to improve data literacy and educational outcomes. This includes:

1. Amplifying the success and reach of data science education and data literacy activities, from virtual and in-person workshops to Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), to empower educators and researchers to improve data science practices and reach a broad community

2. Enabling community and educational institutions across the region to deliver data science education to underserved constituencies, extending the success of the Data Science for All workshops, and perhaps adding domain-specific data science and data carpentry workshops

3. Increasing community collaboration to leverage the Big Data for Education spoke best practices, including innovations in intelligent tutor pedagogy, and collaborative analyses of Big Data for Education MOOC data


Current and Legacy Projects on Education + Data Literacy

National Student Data Corps

Data Science Resource Repository

Data Science For All

Spoke: Big Data for Education NSF

Building Capacity with the Carpentries – coming soon!

Data Science Education & Workforce Working Group – South Big Data Innovation Hub

Submit your project here


Upcoming Education + Data Literacy Events


Education + Data Literacy Professional Development Opportunities

2022 Data Science Internship Program, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center

Accepting rolling applications

Alexa Prize announces $1 million SocialBot Grand Challenge 5

Submissions due October 5th

CFP: The Data Science Journal on Data Management Planning across Disciplines and Infrastructures

CFP: UChicago Rising Stars in Data Science Workshop

ESIP Community Fellowship

Human Networks and Data Science (HNDS)

NIH Support for Conferences and Scientific Meetings

Pathways to Enable Open-Source Ecosystems (POSE)

Phase I Deadline – May 12th
Phase II Deadline – October 21st


Education + Data Literacy Career Opportunities

ESIP Community Fellowship

Learning & Development Manager, Women Who Code


Education + Data Literacy Resources

Big Data and Education, University of Pennsylvania, Teachers College, Columbia University, and the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning

Education Across America: Cities, Suburbs, Towns, and Rural Areas, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Equity-Centered Leadership and Communication Brief, National Science Foundation (NSF)

Investing in America’s Data Science and Analytics Talent, PWC

NSF Institute for Data-Driven Dynamical Design (ID4), Colorado School of Mines

Zuckerman Institute Saturday Science Series, Columbia University


Education + Data Literacy Success Stories

Pala Students Win ‘Best New Team’ Award at 2022 DataJam

Supercomputers can complete tasks so impressive that they have outpaced science fiction movies. However, they do more than that, they can provide inspiration to the next generation of scientists. One supercomputing center inspiring youth is the San Diego Supercomputer Center, or SDSC, at the University of California San Diego, which provides high-performance supercomputing and cyberinfrastructure resources […]

Curricular Structures to Blend Data Science & the Digital Humanities

Guest post by Amanda Greene, Lehigh University This Success Story is a report on the results of the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub’s 2020 Seed Fund program. The goal of this project was to develop pedagogical resources that integrate humanist perspectives, ethics, and data science by supporting a collaborative working group of academics and industry […]

Data Literacy as an Enabler to Broaden the Participation Of Underrepresented Minorities in STEM Careers

Guest post by Babak D. Beheshti, New York Institute of Technology This Success Story is a report on the results of the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub’s 2020 Seed Fund program. The objective of this project was to expand data literacy and broaden the participation of underrepresented minorities and women in disciplines and ultimately careers […]