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USDA helps students get hands-on data science experience

USDA helps students get hands-on data science experience

Forty Washington, D.C. area high-school and middle school students spent part of their summer vacation at Open Data Summer Camp, learning how to apply data science to food safety and agricultural issues.

Working with the Department of Agriculture, New York University’s Governance Lab designed a curriculum to help students understand the fundamentals of data science and how it can be used to study agricultural issues such as the monetary costs of foodborne illness.

Using data supplied by USDA, the students worked with tools and data science methodologies to get experience gathering and cleaning data, analysis, visualization and presentation. They created blog posts, spreadsheets and surveys, and learned to use Photoshop, Illustrator, Tableau and CartoDB.

“As more government data becomes available for re-use and redistribution… we need more people to be able to use that data to solve hard problems,” GovLab’s Director Beth Noveck said. “The Open Data Summer Camp aims to get kids excited about data and about public service and, hopefully, inspire a next generation of more data-literate public servants.”

Posted by GCN Staff on Aug 05, 2016 at 1:02 PM


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