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Around the world, cities are showing signs of old age. For urban areas, one of the first signs of advancing years comes in its circulatory system — the water infrastructure — as pipes laid underground over a century ago start to break down. Beyond the direct cost of repairing water main breaks and replacing the broken components, these incidents cause major headaches for nearby residences, businesses, and traffic. Last summer, Data Science for Social Good partnered with the City of Syracuse to help address this problem proactively by predicting where future water main breaks would occur. 

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For the past four years, the Data Science for Social Good summer fellowship has brought over 160 fellows from around the world to Chicago to work on data-driven projects with real world significance. They've used machine learning and predictive analytics to improve graduation rates, anticipate urban blight and water infrastructure issues, direct hazardous waste inspections, deliver targeted social services, and much more. Now, the program, run by the CI's Center for Data Science and Public Policy, is looking for fellows, mentors, project managers, partners, and funders for 2017, with applications due at the end of January.

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The Data Science for Social Good Summer Fellowship's 2016 Data Fest presented projects addressing problems in education, public health, policy, conservation, international development, social services, policing, and a broad range of other societal issues, proving the potential of data-driven methods for creating positive change.

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From Kenya and Mexico to Syracuse and Tulsa, data in the hands of people with skills, expertise, and compassion can produce genuine benefits.

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As President Barack Obama addressed police chiefs in Chicago this week, a Data Science for Social Good project that uses data to prevent adverse police incidents received praise from the White House.

This week, the Eric & Wendy Schmidt Data Science for Social Good Summer Fellowship kicked off its third year, welcoming 42 fellows to Chicago for 14 weeks

When DJ Patil called data scientist “the sexiest job of the 21st century” in 2012, it caused quite a stir…i

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Data can make a difference in the world.

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Our new Discovery Engines: Under The Hood workshop series offers practical, hands-on instruction with new and popular computational and data tools. Watch video from the first workshop, Statistical Learning with Python and pandas, to learn about how to use the programming language and library for simplifying data structure and analysis.

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A summer job can be a lot of things: a resume builder in a new industry, a chance to learn and acquire new skills, an opportunity to explore a new city and meet new friends, a chance to volunteer a