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 science to make our society better:

Data science has infiltrated our everyday lives and, although a powerful tool, with it come cases of bias, injustice, and discrimination.

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Data Digest:

Data & Sustainability, December 7

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Responsible Data Science ongoing events and opportunities

Data Digest

Data & Sustainability
December 7

Informal monthly networking events featuring UTM researchers

Critical Investigation of Data Science

Seed funding for UofT and external funding partner researchers

Data and the Metaverse Workshop

Coming Winter 2023
Exploring the connections between virtual reality, data, and business models in social interaction spaces. Stay tuned for more details.

Data in our Communities Workshop

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