The collaboration, initiated by Timm Teubner from the Einstein Center Digital Future and Fabian Braesemann from the Oxford Internet Institute, brings together researchers and students interested in social data science and the digital platform economy from Oxford and Berlin.
The initative aims to intensify the cooperation between social data scientists in both cities in conducting joint research projects and establishing a thesis exchange framework. Students supervised by members of the social data science collaboration are invited for a short research visit at the partner university, where they are provided a work place, mentoring, and the opportunity to present their research project to fellow data scientists.
To kick of the knowledge exchange between social data scientists from Oxford and Berlin, the collaboration currently organises the first social datathon to be held at the Einstein Center Digital Future on May 9/10 2020. The datathon is organised in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Hertie School of Governance.
In contrast to other hackathons or data science competitions, which pose predictive modelling tasks to solve business analytics or technical problems, the datathon asks the participants to design data-driven solutions for real-world development issues. Three exciting challenges around the digital knowledge economy, sustainability, and urban mobility are presented to the students by a representative from UNDP. The interdisciplinary jury, containing of a member from all participating institutions, will nominate the winning team, which is invited to present their data science solution at a UNDP conference in Istanbul