Giving back: the emerging role of data and technology

December's theme focuses on how we are harnessing untapped knowledge for the benefit of society

Commitment to social change is part of a global effort exemplified by initiatives like the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Science is playing a key role in achieving these goals, and the research community is finding evermore innovative ways to support these efforts.

For example, the global nonprofit DataKind helps organizations take data science techniques to the front lines of charitable work. You can read about our partnership with DataKind and the recent DataDive hackathon for FareShare, a UK charity tacking hunger and food waste. It's one of various ways Elsevier and the Elsevier Foundation are helping organizations around the world harness technology and data for the benefit of society.

We also invite you to check out the RELX Group SDG Resource Center, which offers free access to articles, tools and reports to support the UN's sustainable development goals, and our analytical report Sustainability Science in a Global Landscape, an released on the eve before the UN adopted its SDGs.

Here, you can find our recent stories on this theme, which we will update throughout December and beyond:

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Written by

Alison Bert, DMA

Written by

Alison Bert, DMA

As Executive Editor of Strategic Communications at Elsevier, Dr. Alison Bert works with contributors around the world to publish daily stories for the global science and health communities. Previously, she was Editor-in-Chief of Elsevier Connect, which won the 2016 North American Excellence Award for Science & Education.

Alison joined Elsevier in 2007 from the world of journalism, where she was a business reporter and blogger for The Journal News, a Gannett daily newspaper in New York. In the previous century, she was a classical guitarist on the music faculty of Syracuse University. She received a doctorate in music from the University of Arizona, was Fulbright scholar in Spain, and studied in a master class with Andrés Segovia.

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Coralie Bos

Written by

Coralie Bos

Coralie Bos holds an MSc in Business Administration, graduating cum laude from Erasmus University in Rotterdam. Coralie manages the development, implementation and governance of Elsevier’s integrated brand strategy and leads the sustainability initiative at Elsevier. As a strong believer of integrating sustainability goals into business objectives, she states: “Concessions need not be made to quality and profitability in order to contribute to sustainable development. By deliberately looking at and breaking ingrained patterns, we can take steps to further develop capabilities to create sustainable businesses and prosperity for future generations. In the case of our Sustainability Science in a Global Landscape report, our unique data and analysis on research output, impact and collaboration in this field underpin sustainable development globally.”

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