Work Group on Data Sciences

This work group is charged with determining how best to increase the impact of UC Davis on research and education in the field of data sciences. The 2013 report of the "Big Data Implementation Committee" (which can be accessed in the Archive of Past Provost-Led Initiatives below) proposed the creation of a Data Science Institute (DSI), which is now being organized under the leadership of Professor Duncan Temple-Lang and University Librarian MacKenzie Smith. In the process of developing this institute, it has become apparent that, due to the rapid evolution and impact of data sciences in both research and the classroom, it is now a good time to consider carefully whether this field might benefit from an independent academic home at UC Davis. There are several possibilities that might be considered, including creation of a new department, an FTE-holding program, or some other academic structure.