CSCI 6370 / CSCI 4370 / ITWS 6960 / ITWS 4960: Data and Society
Instructor: Professor Francine Berman, bermaf_at_rpi.edu
Time: Spring Semester 2017, Fridays: 9:00 - 11:50 a.m., Low 3039
Office Hours: Fridays: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. or by appointment, AE 218
The course is open to graduate and undergraduate students in computer science and ITWS.
Other majors will be considered by approval of the instructor as space allows.
Data and Society focuses on how data is changing how we work and live.
The course provides an overview of the data-driven world touching on big data, the Internet of Things,
data rights and privacy, data and health, and other topics. Course meetings consist of lectures,
student presentations and guest speakers. The guest speaker this semester is
Hilary Mason, CEO and Founder of Fast Forward Labs.
January 20: Introduction to the course / Presentation Model
January 27: Big Data Applications / Discussion / Presentations
February 1: Presentations
February 3: Data and Health / Discussion / Presentations
February 10: Data and Science / Presentations
February 15: Presentations
February 17: Data and Cyberinfrastructure / Discussion / Presentations
February 22: Presentations
February 24: Data Stewardship and Preservation / Discussion / Presentations
March 3: Paper draft preparation / No class
Data and Society is designed to help develop the sophisticated data literacy needed to
navigate today's world. It is also a communication-intensive course.
Assignments will help build writing, presentation, and critical thinking and assessment skills,
all of which are important for professional success. Both graduates and undergraduates are welcome.
For additional information, contact Professor Fran Berman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 8: Presentations
March 10: Data Futures -- The Internet of Things / Discussion / Presentations
March 24: Digital Rights / Presentations
March 29: Presentations
March 31: Op-Ed PechaKucha
April 7: Paper preparation on your own
April 12: Presentations
April 14: Guest Speaker Hilary Mason
April 19: Presentations
April 21: Data Governance and Ethics
April 28: Pecha Kucha 2