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The Public Good Statistics – Infrastructure for Decision Making, Research, and Discourse

Join us for a transformative workshop series that will equip you with the knowledge and skills to navigate the intricate landscape of data culture, ethical considerations, and policy implications.


๐—ฌ๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ถ๐—ฏ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฎ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด๐—น๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป, ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—น๐˜† ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ต ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป.


๐Ÿ”—ย Click here to register for the first session

๐Ÿ“ˆย ๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐Ÿญ: ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฃ๐˜‚๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฐ ๐—š๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ฑ ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐˜€ – ๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐˜’๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ธ ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐——๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฎ ๐—–๐˜‚๐—น๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ!
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๐Ÿ“†ย Tuesday, October 10, 2023
โฐย 9 am to 5 pmย (lunch break from 12 to 2 pm)
๐Ÿ“ย LMUย Munich

Why Discuss Data Culture?

Public statistics is more than just the application of statistical methods. In this workshop, you will become familiar with how different societal interests influence public statistics and how, in turn, information shapes public discourse.

Throughout the workshop, you will develop a fundamental understanding of data literacy and data culture, catering not only to data professionals but also to all users of data and statistics. We will explore the questions of how conventions are at the heart of the co-production of statistics and society โ€” and what decision-making processes drive them. We will approach the answer by taking concrete case studies and questions from the current political landscape and trying to answer them with the best possible quantifications.


๐Ÿ”—ย Click here to register for the second session

๐Ÿ’กย Session 2: Values, Ethics, and What They Mean for Quality

๐Ÿ“†ย Wednesday, October 11, 2023
โฐย 9 am to 5 pmย (lunch break from 12 to 2 pm)
๐Ÿ“ย LMUย Munich

How are Values and Ethics Linked to Data Quality?

As with other products, public statistics aims to optimize the design (form) of the use (function) of the products (โ€œform follows functionโ€). In this respect, it is about more than just the application of statistical methods. Rather, the focus must be on the questions that society wants to have answered with solid statistics for its current, pressing, and conflict-laden issues. Other aspects then play a role here, namely whether politics values and finances this infrastructure, whether corresponding data literacy is available in the population at large, and so on. 

In this workshop, you will gain a basic understanding of why ethics and values play such an important role when using data. You will get to know different ethical principles and discuss if they are still up-to-date with current developments and new data sources. By doing so, we will explore the relationship between quality of information, integrity, and governance.


๐Ÿ”—ย Click here to register for the third session

๐Ÿ“Š Session 3: Data 4 Policy: The Evolution from Statistical to Data 

๐Ÿ“† Thursday, October 12, 2023
โฐ 9 am to 5 pm (lunch break from 12 to 2 pm)
๐Ÿ“ LMU Munich

Letโ€™s discuss the future of data, statistics, and society

New data sources and data science methods open up substantial opportunities for research and for improving statistics. However, the integration of traditional and newer methods requires more than the merging of methodology and technology.

In this workshop, you will discuss the differences between data-driven and question-driven approaches. We will explore in which places of society data plays an important role and how it is regulated. By this, we will expand on the triangle of data, facts, and policy. Letโ€™s discuss the future of data and society!

๐Ÿ”— Register here: https://www.berd-nfdi.de/berd-academy/statpubgood3-data4policy-2023/

BERD Academy Program October & November

Learn ๐——๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฎ ๐—ฆ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ and ๐——๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฎ ๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ through our exciting new range of ๐—•๐—˜๐—ฅ๐—— ๐—”๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐˜† courses scheduled for ๐—ข๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ and ๐—ก๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ 2023. Join us for on-site workshops or participate online in interactive sessions.

Completely free of charge and open to everyone, we extend a warm invitation to ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐˜€๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฎ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜†๐Ÿ“Š๐ŸŒ, ๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฏ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐Ÿ““, or ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—พ๐˜‚๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜€๐—ธ๐—ถ๐—น๐—น๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ข๐—ณ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐˜€๐Ÿ“ˆ.

๐Ÿ‘‰ ๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—š๐—œ๐—ฆ๐—ง๐—˜๐—ฅ ๐—ก๐—ข๐—ช!

For our complete course schedule, additional information, and registration details, please visit: https://www.berd-nfdi.de/berd-academy/

DSSG Lecture Series

Join the DSSG Lecture Series featuring talks by professionals in AI, Data Science, and more. Explore the latest research and gain valuble real-world knowledge in stimulating conversations.

Visit the website to check out the timetable, read more about the speakers’ profiles and find the registration links.

Register here for the first open lecture session on Aug 17th where Hassan Shaukat presents the thrilling work of DSSG Berlin e.V.

Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) hands-on summer program

Picture a gathering of brilliant minds, all driven by the common goal of using data science to make the world a better placeโ€ฆ๐ŸŒˆ ๐Ÿฆ„
– does that sound real to you?

We are excited to share that the Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) hands-on summer program, an exceptional 2-month full-time program has been launched in August, led by Frauke Kreuter and Bernd Bischl of the Munich Center for Machine Learning (MCML).

Many public mission-driven organizations, like educational institutions and NGOs, lag in data science adoption due to factors like limited funds or expertise. DSSG is working to change that!

Aspiring data science talents are joining forces and weaving together their expertise on projects that positively impact society.

Chosen teams will focus on:

โžค Developing a Fire Hydrant Range-Finder Web App to assist the disaster control (“Katastrophenschutz”) in Munich.
โžค Creating and analyzing a land sealing dataset to enhance climate change understanding.

iVA3: Your Interactive Virtual Assistant for Data Protection

Are you tired of the complexity and lack of transparency surrounding privacy laws?

Don’t worry, we’ve got your back! Our powerful tool is here to help you navigate through the intricacies of data protection regulations. Discover a new level of clarity and transparency as you navigate the world of data protection.
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After the successful release of iVA1 and iVA2, we proudly introduce iVA3, the ultimate interactive Virtual Assistant designed to guide you through the examination of whether the processing of personal data within your research project meets federal or state legal requirements.

By asking specific questions, providing short examples, and offering precise definitions, iVA3 guides you through a decision tree tailored to your unique circumstances. It minimizes confusion and streamlines decision-making by providing clear and concise guidance, saving you time and effort.
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Ready to experience the potential of iVA3 firsthand? Click here and try it out for yourself.

Smartphone Sensor Data for your Social Research

Are you fascinated by the potential of smartphone data to understand human behavior and society? Are you a data service provider or researcher looking to leverage the power of smartphone sensor data for your social research?

The IAB-SMART project has gathered valuable insights by combining in-app survey data with 1.3 million location observations derived from GPS and mobile network data. Now, we are excited to invite you to our three-part webinar series that will guide you through the process of collecting, processing, and utilizing smartphone sensor data for social research.

While attending the entire series is recommended, you are welcome to participate in individual sessions based on your interests and requirements. Here are the details of each webinar session:


๐Ÿ“… IAB-SMART 1: ๐—๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿด, 2023, 12 pm โ€“ 1:30 pm CEST
๐ŸŽ™๏ธ ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—œ๐—”๐—•-๐—ฆ๐— ๐—”๐—ฅ๐—ง ๐—ฆ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐˜†: ๐—–๐—ผ๐—น๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—•๐—ฒ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฆ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ฝ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐——๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฎ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฆ๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐—ต
๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ Presented by Georg-Christoph Haas
๐Ÿ’ป Register here

๐Ÿ“… IAB-SMART 2: ๐—๐˜‚๐—น๐˜† ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฑ, 2023, 1 pm CEST โ€“ 2 pm CEST
๐ŸŽ™๏ธ ๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ฑ๐—ผ ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜€๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ฝ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฎ ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฎ ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐˜† ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—น? โ€“ ๐—”๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—œ๐—”๐—•-๐—ฆ๐— ๐—”๐—ฅ๐—ง ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ท๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜
๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ Presented by Florian Zimmermann
๐Ÿ’ป Register here

๐Ÿ“… IAB-SMART 3: ๐—๐˜‚๐—น๐˜† ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฎ, 2023, 1 pm CEST โ€“ 2 pm CEST
๐ŸŽ™๏ธ ๐—›๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐˜† ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜†๐—บ๐—ถ๐˜‡๐—ฒ ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜„ ๐˜€๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ฝ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฎ: ๐—–๐—ผ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฟโ€™๐˜€ ๐—˜๐˜…๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—œ๐—”๐—•-๐—ฆ๐— ๐—”๐—ฅ๐—ง ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ท๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜
๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ Presented by Andreas Filser
๐Ÿ’ป Register here

You will learn about the ethical and transparent collection of smartphone data, explore the research potential of geolocation smartphone data, and gain practical insights into tidying and anonymizing raw smartphone geolocation data.

Don’t miss this opportunity to expand your research toolkit and gain comprehensive insights into smartphone sensor data! Register now for the IAB-SMART Webinar Series by visiting the respective links provided above.

Joint Conference on Research on Text Analytics

Text data plays a crucial role in the NFDI (National Research Data Infrastructure), particularly in the BERD@NFDI and Text+ consortia, which focus on research in Business, Economics, and Related Data (BERD@NFDI) and humanities (Text+). While these consortia cater to distinct communities and research inquiries, they share commonalities in their approaches, such as utilizing machine learning, language models, and other natural language processing techniques. The aim of the Joint Conference on Research on Text Analytics is to showcase various application domains and explore potential collaborations by examining shared methodologies.

Please find the program and the registration opportunity here.

Industry Engagement Section

Ready for a new chapter of industry-academia collaboration:

Today, 12th May, the Industry Engagement Section commences its activities with a kickoff meeting at DECHEMA in Frankfurt a. M. The meeting marks an inspiring beginning for discussing the strategic direction of the section and paving the way for impactful collaborations between industry and the NFDI consortia, basic services, and sections. Find the section concept here.

Current Vacancy @UB Mannheim

Mannheim University Library is seeking a Project Management Assistant to support our BERD@NFDI team.

Are you interested in working closely with the project managers to ensure the successful delivery of project tasks within scope, schedule, and budget?

Then, please, see the job posting for more information.