[IRTalk] eResearch Africa 2019: DataScience4Development

Nikki Crowster nikki.crowster at uct.ac.za
Thu Nov 8 14:16:53 SAST 2018

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Call for abstracts and early-bird registrations now open for
eResearch Africa 2019:


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<https://protect-za.mimecast.com/s/iBOrCoYnqyt6y7EMHVD9p9>

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

Our mailing address is:
conference at eresearch.ac.za<mailto:conference at eresearch.ac.za>.



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