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The GC Digital Initiatives is working with GC students who have achieved an introductory fluency with the Python programming language to participate in a semester-long collaborative project designed to improve their familiarity and comfort with the Python programming language, while at the same time producing a project for the public good.

The “Data for Public Good” fellows as a group will select one public-interest dataset and work together to create a project that makes the dataset useful and informative to a public audience. Participants will work with project advisers to realize their projects. Students who participate in the program will benefit from hands-on experience working on an open-ended problem in order to improve their familiarity and competency with Python, R, Ruby or other programming language. They will learn skills such as project management, project design, and collaborative coding, and by the end of the semester be able to present their work to the GC community at the GC Digital Showcase. Final projects will be publicly accessible.

Look forward to brief blog posts about their work, and at at the end of the semester, a completed project– perhaps a digital narrative, a visualization, or even a web application!


Data for Public Good is a project of GC Digital Initiatives (GCDI) at The Graduate Center, CUNY. GCDI is a community of students, staff, and faculty distributed across centers, labs, initiatives, and academic programs who share an interest in digital scholarship and research. We offer events, workshops, office hours, faculty consultations, week-long institutes, and community-based working groups. Learn more about GCDI, our upcoming programming and how you can get involved on the GCDI website.


Learn more about the fellows and faculty advisors.

View schedule.