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  • Workshop on Data Literacy at the University:Future Festival 2024

    The workshop "Data Discovery: Gemeinsam die Welt der Datenkompetenzen erkunden" at the University:Future Festival 24 offers the opportunity to delve into the world of data literacy and to get to know an innovative evaluation concept for university teaching. The concept was developed in cooperation with various universities as part of the working group on data literacy of the Stifterverband, in which the Bielefeld Center for Data Science and its managing director Dr. Katharina Weiß are also involved. The workshop is aimed at anyone interested in higher education evaluation and data literacy. The methods presented are not only applicable to data literacy, but can also be transferred to other subject areas. In addition, participants will get a compact overview of key areas of expertise in modern data literacy courses, such as data analysis, critical thinking and ethical use of data.


  • Successful Workshop: Data Storytelling

    The workshop of BiCDaS and AE06 - Psychological Methods and Evaluation “Mit Daten Geschichten erzählen: Data Storytelling als Ansatz um Datenanalyseergebnisse adressat:innengerecht zu kommunizieren” during the Faculty of Psychology and Sport's Reading and Excursion Week was a complete success. Participants were able to learn the basics of data storytelling, such as how to combine data, visualisations and stories to communicate important issues such as the climate crisis or the coronavirus pandemic in an understandable way. A practical element of the programme was the use of Jupyter notebooks in R for various visualisation methods such as word clouds. For the participants, this was a valuable step towards targeted data communication.


  • New data lab for sustainability and climate change launched

    A new data lab "Bi DataLab Sustainability and Climate Change" has been founded at Bielefeld University at the Bielefeld Centre for Data Science. Data labs represent an agile approach to (internal) research collaboration, characterised by a thematic focus and a clear needs-driven orientation. The newly founded DataLab Sustainability and Climate Change at BiCDaS invites researchers at Bielefeld University working on sustainability, climate change and environmental protection to the Sustainability Networking Workshop on 7 June from 9 am to 2 pm. During the workshop - after a session of short (approx. 5 min) spotlight presentations - groups of researchers with similar research interests will come together with the aim of networking and thus making a more effective joint contribution to sustainability, e.g. by attracting third party funding for research projects. Interested researchers can register at Please include a brief note on the sustainability relevance of your own research and whether you are interested in submitting a Spotlight contribution.


  • BiCDaS Lecture Series: "Digital Literacy mit ChatGPT: Kompetenzen zum Umgang mit digitalen Texten"

    On 17 June 2024, Prof. Dr. Andreas Witt from the Leibniz Institute for the German Language Mannheim will give a lecture on "Digital Literacy mit ChatGPT: Kompetenzen zum Umgang mit digitalen Texten". The lecture will take place from 12:15 to 13:45 in the Cafe Nordlicht at Bielefeld University on site but also as a hybrid event online via Zoom. The lecture emphasises digital literacy in the humanities, with a focus on research data and the role of ChatGPT in the development of digital literacy. It begins with a conceptual introduction to digital literacy, highlighting the importance of digital texts in science, and covers their representation, analysis and processing, highlighting Python and spaCy as key tools.


Weitere Meldungen

BiCDaS is a horizontal, interdisciplinary center striving for an integrative role at Bielefeld University. It brings together academics from different fields and institutions and stimulates cooperation.

Asked to formulate BiCDaS's mission in one sentence, we have decided for the following:

Unlocking data potentials with scientists, lecturers and students throughout Bielefeld University

BiCDaS's Mission

Our mission is, thus, about data and its potential in the university's context. This puts a strong emphasis on research data. Second we do not see us achieving these goals alone: BiCDaS is a university-wide network of partners.

Data Science will have a huge, beneficial impact on the research and teaching conducted every day at Bielefeld University. It will intensify interdisciplinarity and increase productiveness and expressiveness of research. To achieve this, BiCDaS focuses on five key areas:

  • BiCDaS Mission
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    Supporting Data Science Research

    It is our belief that Data Science is a field of knowledge in its own right and should be treated as such. We, therefore, support corresponding research activities aiming to assess and improve the use of data in science.

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    Advertising Data Science

    Data Science research is “research for research.” Methods and technologies developed in Data Science are beneficial for research in general. Therefore, BiCDaS aims to raise awareness about data science and to advertise its elements and philosophy among academics.

  • Data Science Workshop
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    Supporting Data Science in Academic Research

    BiCDaS supports academics in incorporating Data Science in their daily work. This is achieved, for instance, by providing Data Literacy training or by organizing workshops. Furthermore, we support academics regarding questions related to Data Science.

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    Fostering Data Science Teaching

    The demand for Data Scientists in science and industry is enormous and growing. To meet their social obligations, universities need to establish degree-granting courses on Data Science and enshrine Data Literacy as a key objective for an academic education.

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    Data Science as a bridge to the world

    Data Science can be an integrative force not only within the university, but catalyse external partnerships. BiCDaS is fascilitating external partnerships with social associations, foundations, municipalities and enterprises. We emphasise mutual benefit and our scientific indipendence when pursueing scientific, data-centred partnerships

BiCDaS Values

We live in a world of ubiquitously growing data sets, and these data sets often contain a huge deal of personal information. Generally speaking, it is the goal of Data Science to unearth information from data and make it useable. However, as far as personal information is involved, this rightful demand for insight must always be balanced against the rightful claim for privacy.

BiCDaS recognizes that the extraction of personal information from data can be destructive under unfavourable circumstances and that possible consequences should be carefully considered beforehand.

Furthermore, Data Science involves technology, and technology always needs to account for its usage. We, therefore, believe that Data Science should be ethical in a way that respects the privacy of the individual and requires good reasons for the extraction of personal information from data.

As an additional consequence of these convictions, we consider data security, including cryptography, data anonymization and identity and rights management, to be vital topics in Data Science.

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