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The UvA Library supports data science providing tailored and hands-on support to researchers and faculties. The Library assists with research data management, offers training sessions and funding opportunities related to digital and data-driven research, and provides access to the UvA content collections and databases. At the beginning of 2021, the UvA launched its own Data Science Centre (DSC), as a coordinating hub within the UvA Library. One of the DSC colleagues is Community Manager Lisa Yu.

‘I feel very privileged and excited to be a part of the University Library community, and to be a Community Manager for the Data Science Centre. We are a growing community, and have many exciting events and activities planned for our members and the broader University community over the coming academic year.’

Facilitating the exchange of knowledge

‘Community managers wear many different hats. As a Community Manager for the DSC, it is my primary role to strengthen and grow the DSC community. This means working closely with the university’s communications team to further increase the DSC’s presence within the university via existing communication channels, and also connecting with relevant partner and network organisations that I feel would benefit from being affiliated with the DSC. I connect UvA data scientists, data engineers, and researchers from different disciplines and faculties with each other. These connections in turn help drive greater cross-pollination and interdisciplinary data-driven research and collaboration within UvA.’

Photo Lisa Yu
Copyright: Lisa Yu
‘I also want to ensure that the DSC provides our existing members as many opportunities as possible to further advance their data-driven research and data science careers. This means continuously listening to the community’s needs and feedback, and organising or connecting them to suitable activities or opportunities that best meet those needs.’ Lisa Yu, Community Manager DSC

Various activities

‘My work week is filled with many types of projects and activities. These days, I am busy planning for and coordinating DSC events, such as the Data Science Day. I also am working closely together with the Library communications team to co-manage and co-develop communications for DSC activities and DSC funded programmes. As the main point of contact for the community, I am also regularly communicating with community members about various topics or enquiries, either online or face-to-face.

Every Friday, the DSC organises a variety of data science related activities for members, like workshops or collaboration sessions. Beyond this being an upskilling opportunity, it is also a chance for members to meet like-minded people from other faculties and campuses and to collaborate with each other on data-driven research.’

Interested in the Data Science Centre?

If you want to collaborate with the DSC, want to become a member, or just want to learn more about what the Data Science Centre does and how the centre could help your research or faculty, get in contact by sending an email to dsc@uva.nl.