Erin Blasko | January 8, 2018
The University of Notre Dame is partnering with the city of South Bend to transform raw, underused data into useful information that can be used to shape policy and improve city government, saving taxpayer time and money.
As part of an effort led by the University’s new online master’s degree program in applied and computational mathematics and statistics data science, Notre Dame students will work with the city of South Bend’s Department of Innovation and Technology, led by Chief Innovation Officer Santiago Garces, a Notre Dame alumnus, to analyze public data in an effort to improve government operations.
Sonia Howell, Notre Dame’s online M.S. in data science program producer, recently met with city officials, including Garces, and representatives of various departments across campus, including Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics, Computer Science and Engineering, Sociology and the Mendoza College of Business, to hash out the details of the partnership.
The group discussed ideas for projects using existing sources of raw data, from U.S. Census Bureau statistics to the city’s own open data portal, an online repository of demographic, payroll, code enforcement, financial and other public data in various forms.