[OSGeo-Discuss] Outcome of the Urban Data Science Summer School

Suchith Anand Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk
Tue Jul 3 03:42:24 PDT 2018

Hi All,

I came across this excellent Urban Data Science Summer School at CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India . Urban Data Science is a course which is an outcome of the collaboration which took place in CODATA Research Data workshop in Trieste 2017. Shaily Gandhi  attended the CODATA-RDA School of Research Data Science, hosted at ICTP, near Trieste, Italy.[1]

The course of urban data science was hosted by CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India from May 14 – May 19, 2018 to address the challenges with poor use of available open data in decision making while keeping urban in focus. The course had been designed to get students started with the basic data science components in a short span of 6 days. The aim of the course was to give an insight on open urban Data Sets and insights for interaction with other sources of data freely available.  The course was carefully designed for students from different backgrounds like planning, architects, civil engineer, geomatics and other disciplines from both bachelors and masters level who belonged to IT and non- IT background. The lessons of the basics of R were prepared by using the material of software carpentry lessons Programming with R and R for Reproducible Scientific Analysis. The concepts were taken and the lessons were redesigned focusing on urban problems and analysis.[2]

This is a great way to know how the alumni CODATA-RDA School of Research Data Science are helping share their knowledge with all. This will be a inspiration for GIS community  to also follow.  Maybe we can  should think of ideas how after benefiting from Free and Open Geo  software and education , we all can contribute back to the benefit of the wider community for the UN SDG 2030 aims .

Best wishes,


[1] http://www.codata.org/working-groups/research-data-science-summer-schools/2017-codata-rda-school-of-research-data

[2] http://codata.org/blog/2018/06/28/urban-data-science-curriculum-development/

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