#DataDive in action: how can data scientists help nonprofits change the world?

The Elsevier Foundation partners with DataKind in a 48-hour hackathon, working with coders and developers to help UK charities unlock the power of data

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Volunteers take part in a DataDive at Google headquarters in New York (Photo by Alison Bert)

Building smarter decision-making tools to relieve food poverty and reduce food waste. Debunking anti-transparency arguments made by extractive companies. Improving data practices to better support efforts towards ending poverty worldwide. These are just some of the outcomes achieved by nonprofits that took part in the London DataDive in November 2017 – which showed them how to make better use of their data and improve their effectiveness.

Datasets can help identify effective interventions, but to unlock this power, skills in computer programming, statistics, machine learning, data visualization and software design are critical. To address these challenges, DataKind engages data science and social sector experts on projects addressing critical humanitarian issues.

This November, Elsevier volunteers are among the 70 data scientists, developers and designers taking part in the 48-hour marathon event, working alongside nonprofit organizations to inform their work and create real-world change.

Live broadcasting and updates

The #DataDive has started! Hear from the non-profits about their data challenges. Tune in to Facebook Live for broadcasts throughout the event.

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About the charities and their data challenges

  • Lancashire Women's Centre supports a network of centres across Lancashire offering a safe space for women across a wide range of issues.
  • Returning for its second DataDive, FareShare is the largest charity in the UK working to end food poverty , redistributing surplus food to community groups and foodbanks.
  • AddAction is a leading mental health, drug and alcohol charity helping adults and young people to be successful and make positive change in their lives.
  • Anthony Nolan matches individuals willing to donate their blood stem cells or bone marrow to people in desperate need of lifesaving transplants.



Written by

Domiziana Francescon

Written by

Domiziana Francescon

Domiziana Francescon serves as the Elsevier Foundation’s Program Officer and is a strong supporter of the company’s Corporate Responsibility program. Domiziana obtained a master’s degree in Book and Digital Media Studies at Leiden University in the Netherlands, with a specialization in Publishing Studies. She grew up in Italy.


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