Responsible Data Science

The DSI at the University of Toronto Mississauga, DSI@UTM, leads a tri-campus initiative to encourage research activity in Responsible Data Science that includes community-building, workshops and seed funding for research.

Data science has tremendous potential to inspire positive outcomes in the world. However, there are concerns about the ethical deployment of data science techniques and the ways that the effects of data science may reify inequities and biases.

The promotion of data science requires a dedicated understanding of the power within societies and knowledge communities to ameliorate negative, unjust effects. Data science is and will continue to restructure multiple aspects of our world and it is important to maintain a commitment to questions of power, inequity, responsibility, surveillance, justice, and harm to ensure that collecting, manipulating, storing, visualizing, learning from, and extracting useful information from data is done in a reproducible, fair, and ethical way.

News & Upcoming Events

Data and the Metaverse:

February 24

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Data Digest:

Big Data Management, March 1

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Responsible Data Science ongoing events and opportunities

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Data Digest

Informal monthly networking events featuring UTM researchers

December 7 - Data & Sustainability
January 18 - Data in our Community
February 1 - Data and Students
March 1 - Big Data Management

Critical Investigation of Data Science

Seed funding for UofT and external funding partner researchers. Projects can vary in scope from the analysis of specific data science projects and approaches to the articulation of potential harms in data science from a broader perspective.

CIDS Grant Recipients

Felix Cheung (Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts and Science, University of Toronto): “A New Standard of Equality-Focused Analysis in Well-being Science.”

Robert Soden (Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Arts and Science, University of Toronto): “Building Equity into Climate and Disaster Risk Models in the Himalayas.”

Data and the Metaverse

Exploring the connections between virtual reality, data, and business models in social interaction spaces.

February 24

Data in our Communities Workshop

Fall 2023
How data is collected, analyzed, and used (or not!) to make community decisions. Stay tuned for more details.