KDD 2014, August 24-27, 2014, New York City. This year's theme: Data Mining for Social Good.
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Call For Papers
KDD at Bloomberg: The Data Frameworks Track Due: July 25, 2014

Event Date: Sunday, August 24, 2014, 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Location: Bloomberg Global Headquarters at 731 Lexington Ave, NY

Unleash Data: Accelerate Impact

KDD at Bloomberg is a partnership between KDD and Bloomberg to catalyze the use of data-driven problem solving for social good. The conference aims to spark network building among the global data science (AI, Machine Learning), policy-making, and non-profit communities. Where currently there is a disconnect in the understanding of the different goals and opportunities for using data-driven approaches to promote social good and better policy decisions, KDD at Bloomberg encourages the discovery of new methodologies, frameworks for problem solving, data sharing, and novel ways that the communities can leverage each other to mutual benefit.

The Data Frameworks Track

In the Data Framework Track, we invite submissions from data scientists, policy makers, and thought leaders on all aspects of data analysis, sharing, collaboration and discovery for public policy/social good for presentation in oral and poster sessions. Abstracts emphasizing inter-disciplinary work are particularly encouraged, as are descriptions of novel problems (with or without solutions) within the policy space.

Abstracts are solicited in areas including but not limited to:

Abstracts are solicited in areas including but not limited to:

  • Data Access: The promise of open data and its discontents. Facilitating discovery, curation, and sharing of data (e.g. discovery of relevant data in data.nyc.gov). Methodologies around data-driven analysis, consistent scientific standards in data access, and how research and policy is generally evaluated. The aim is to encourage theoretical research submissions, as well as practical tools that can be used to address some of the problems highlighted.
  • Human Impact: Environmental change, policy and its human impact within urban areas. Models of environmental degradation/change. Prediction of future environmental outcomes and policy direction for human health in urban areas. Global perspectives are especially welcome.
  • Problems: Descriptions or releases of data sets. The use of FOIA for document discovery. Methods for data dissemination and privacy protection for public data.
  • Data Sets: Descriptions or releases of data sets. The use of FOIA for document discovery. Methods for data dissemination and privacy protection for public data.

Vision Statements

Vision Statements for the future of these technologies are also sought. Vision statements will be incorporated into whitepapers from the conference, and into lightning talks to spark discussion across a wide range of topics. When submitting these visions, think about the following questions:

  • An ambitious but achievable goal that is self-evidently important (What)
  • The individuals and organizations that would need to act to achieve the goal (Who)
  • The specific actions they would need to take to achieve the goal (How)
  • A rationale for the importance of the goal and the proposed relationship between means and ends (Why)
  • The shared context and empirical/normative premises that provide the intellectual foundation for the idea.

Submission details

Deadline: July 25th, 11:59:59 PM
Format: Short Talks = Abstract; Paper Presentations = Working Paper; Demo = Abstract + Screenshots
Submit to kdd2014@bloomberg.net with subject "<name> | <affiliation> | <title>"

Program Committee:
  • James Hodson, Bloomberg
  • Gideon Mann, Bloomberg
  • Arnaud Sahuguet, NYU Gov Lab
  • Lee Drutman, The Sunlight Foundation

As per KDD tradition, reviews are not double-blind, and author names and affiliations should be listed. Submissions should follow ACM Tighter Alternate Style (http://www.acm.org/sigs/publications/proceedings-templates).

Submitted papers will be assessed based on their potential to further the conversation between researchers, NGOs, and policy makers. As such, position papers, and work in progress is welcome. Papers will be reviewed by members of the KDD at Bloomberg program committee and decisions will be emailed to all authors by August 1st. Note that there will not be an author response phase between submission and decisions. All participants in this call should register for the KDD at Bloomberg event (via the KDD website), and be available to present on the day.