We are living in a data-driven world. Every sector in our global economy is using data to make better management and policy decisions. The mission of the AU School of Public Affairs' new Center for Data Science is to provide technical, managerial, and institutional resources to aid research and grant development focused on the production, analysis, and storage of 21st century data.
Across public, private, and nonprofit sectors, big data is making a big difference. Those with the right skills will lead this change. In fact, Data Scientist has ranked the number one job in America for the last three consecutive years. For 2021, Data Scientist is ranked number 1 of the 50 best jobs in America that pay over $100,000 by Glassdoor. There were about 30 million job ads for data scientists in the U.S. alone in 2020. The Harvard Business Review named Data Scientist “the sexiest job of the 21st century” in 2012.
In 2018, SPA established its Center for Data Science to focus on the theoretical and practical research aspects of computer technology, software engineering, computer architecture, artificial intelligence, simulation, modeling, and much more.
The Center for Data Science is affiliated with the Open DP project: a community of collaborators in academia, industry, and government to build trustworthy, open-source software tools for privacy-protective statistical analysis of sensitive personal data.