eResearch Africa 2019: DataScience4Development


The South African research community is moving beyond metrics to measure research impact. In a research-intensive environment, data scientists contribute to real-world problems in public health, education, sustainable energy, climate change, economic development, and many more areas of trans- and interdisciplinary research. This conference will explore the practice, principles and challenges of data science in knowledge production and decision-making for societal benefit.

Focus areas

  • Kranzberg’s First Law: Technology is neither good nor bad; nor is it neutral.
  • Big Data, analytics, and technology impact on society.
  • Data science: bridging the gap between science and decision-making.
  • Case studies from public health, urban development, education, social welfare.
  • Chasing the “R” in FAIR data: the sharing and re-use of data and scientific software as supplementary research outputs.
  • The next generation of data scientists: education models from universities, summer schools, boot camps, and hands-on training programmes.
  • The dark side of data: threats to privacy and confidentiality; misinformation; cybersecurity.
  • Data science in academic planning: linking student data to academic outcomes.
  • Crowdsourcing data science for social development.
Dates: Monday 15 to Thursday 18 April 2019
Venue: Snape Building, Upper Campus, University of Cape Town

To submit your abstract please visit the eResearch Africa website

Conference Timeline:
Call for abstracts: 15 October 2018
Registration opens: 15 October 2018
Call for abstracts closes: 15 January 2018
Notification of acceptance of abstracts: 15 February 2019
Early Bird registration closes: 28 February 2019

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