Beth Schultz

Data Scientists Do Good for Charitable Groups

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BethSchultz
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BethSchultz   5/15/2012 4:52:51 PM
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Hi Daniel -- that's a good point about data mishandling or misuse. I would certainly hope that the volunteers don't take advantage of any access to sensitive data they might be privy to as part of the process! I would assume there are agreements that they've got to sign to such, but who knows! I'm curious, any DataDive-like initiatives that you know of in your neck of the woods?

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SethBreedlove   5/15/2012 3:08:12 PM
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It could.  Homelessness is a very emotional subject.  Sometimes solutions are counter-intuitive and having analytics can provide a real foundation so decisions and solutions are made more clearly. 

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Shawn Hessinger   5/15/2012 1:37:21 PM
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Hi Seth,

In other words, an analytics solution to San Francisco's homeless problem would have national and perhaps even global implications.

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ahdand   5/15/2012 8:46:17 AM
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Yes and I think go beyond their own boundary and has been an asset to many other non profitable associations. This is a good sign for both parties since it will indirectly catch the public eye

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Daniel   5/15/2012 2:39:35 AM
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Seth, every year local and federal governments are spending millions of dollars for data analysis and public study. In such cases governments can make use of such voluntary services from Data scientists, against any common problem to arrive at a suitable statics or solution.

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Daniel   5/15/2012 2:32:56 AM
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"New York City-based company DataKind, is all about "using data in the service of humanity." That sounds a bit corny, perhaps, but I like the concept"

Beth, "for the service of humanity", that's more important. We have to welcome such social activities for the community benefits. But at the same time it's important to make use that such vital datas not get misused or commercialized.

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SethBreedlove   5/15/2012 1:16:16 AM
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:)  Living in San Francisco, I would love to see DataDrive work on our public transportation system and additionally help address the enormous homeless problem we have in the city.  The city spends about $200 million a year trying to get homeless people off the street.  Unfortunantely, San Francisco is the destination that other cities send their homeless to.  

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Shawn Hessinger   5/14/2012 11:52:36 PM
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WaqasAltaf,

I suspect the good outweighs any possible bad here. Besides the information provided from such organizations can be used in many ways, including many positive projects.

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WaqasAltaf   5/13/2012 9:30:54 AM
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Sharing of data by government can give data scientiststs access to data which cannot be created by anyone else. However, I also see this sharing of data a bit in a negative way as it provides opportunity to corporations to use this data for their profit in a hidden way.

Nonetheless, it needs to appreciated that the data scientists will use their art for the good for mankind. 

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Re: Volunteers ever needed when Data Scientists Do Good for Charitable Groups
KerriRoselli   5/12/2012 7:29:05 PM
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Thanks, Beth - I just signed up through the website, & look forward to getting involved in upcoming events !   

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