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Creating Institutional Change in Data Science

The Moore-Sloan Data Science Environments: New York University, UC Berkeley, and the University of Washington

This paper is intended for academic leaders who seek to accelerate data-intensive discovery and data science education on their campuses. It is based on the experience of our three institutions (New York University; University of California, Berkeley; and the University of Washington) in the Data Science Environments effort sponsored by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation—a collaborative experiment intended to transform the process of discovery and the institutional environments in which discovery takes place.

We describe key elements we believe have contributed to our successes as well as some challenges we have encountered along the way. Our goal is to provide a menu of possibilities for those seeking to emulate aspects of our Data Science Environments.

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