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Welcome to NYC School of Data — a community conference that demystifies the policies and practices around open data, technology, and service design. This year’s conference kicks off NYC’s Open Data Week & features 30+ sessions organized by NYC’s civic technology, data, and design community! Our conversations & workshops will feed your mind and empower you to improve your neighborhood.

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Saturday, March 5 • 11:10am - 12:00pm
Responsible Use of Demographic Information

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Within analytics, demographic information (e.g., race and gender) is often used carelessly, with a surface level analysis being the end all be all for discussions around issues of disparities and injustice. Such surface level approaches, lacking historical or contextual realities, are insufficient to combat the dark history of demographic data being used to “prove” deficiencies of entire groups. 

During this workshop we will highlight the importance of constructing the “why” behind using demographic data in analyses. In addition, we will discuss the limitations and consequences that are inherent in focusing on such data exclusively.

Finally, using open data on math test results as well as the NYC school directory, we will explore how other factors aside from demographic data explain variation in student math ability

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Devin Johnson

PhD Candidate, McMaster University
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Mona Khalil

Data Science Manager, Greenhouse Software

Saturday March 5, 2022 11:10am - 12:00pm EST
3rd Floor - Classroom A - 315