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.

This year we are partnering with The COVID Tracking Project (, a mostly volunteer organization of about 300 weekly active members supported by The Atlantic and dedicated to collecting and publishing the data required to understand the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States. Organizations that have used CTP’s data include: The Atlantic, The New York Times, CBS News, NPR, ProPublica, POLITICO, and more. 

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.

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