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Introduction to Data Science Tools Resources in the We Count Research Library

Lorna Lo

Learning data science comes with a steep learning curve, and inaccessible tutorials, resources and tools create barriers. To support a more inclusive environment in the field of data science, We Count has created a resource library.

Ensuring Equitable Outcomes from Automated Hiring Processes

Antranig Basman

These automated hiring and matching algorithms, implemented by major corporations such as LinkedIn, Amazon and others can be positioned in the wider context of automated processes, that use machine learning/AI algorithms, and support the infrastructure of society. These systems inevitably result in inequitable outcomes.

Pluralistic Data Infrastructure

Antranig Basman

The pluralistic data infrastructure supports communities in taking collective ownership of data that relates to them and curating its relationships with data from other sources.

Designing Proof and Evidence with Minorities and Outlier Data

Vera Roberts

In fall 2021 we examine small group data in a co-design activity. Government policy decisions, and adjudicative rulings that interpret and reinforce them, are increasingly based on the collection and analysis of “evidence” through processes that rely on large data sets and statistical proof. These processes neglect the needs of diverse and marginalized groups, such as people with disabilities, since their experiences are dismissed as anecdotal or as producing outlier data. And yet it is often members of marginalized groups who are most impacted by policy decisions, and to whom these policy changes do the most harm.

W3C Portable Personal Data Preferences Community Group

Joseph Scheuhammer

The IDRC has submitted a proposal to the W3C to establish a Community Group to discuss and develop portable personal data preferences.

COVID-19 Vaccination Centre Data Monitor: Accessibility Map Demonstration

Uttara Ghodke & Celine Nguyen

A COVID-19 data monitor prototype test that was created to show how data gaps can be addressed, providing a way to find accessibility information that is not included in these data sets.

Map with marker pins on it.

Equitable Digital Systems

Vera Roberts

The Future of Work: Equitable Digital Systems project is an initiative at the Inclusive Design Research Centre, OCAD U examining the accessibility of the digital tools and systems we rely upon for work.

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Preferences Edge Proxy Workflow

Joseph Scheuhammer

The development team has created a new workflow supported by the Personal Data Storage, or Preferences server, where the user makes save/retrieve requests for their preferences while on a static site.

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Inverted Wordles

Cindy Li

Our development team has been hard at work creating a wordle tool that will allow users to highlight either minority or majority answers.

A sample wordle

The Future of Work and Disability

David Pereyra

The Future of Work and Disability project formed a study group to understand and examine intersecting topics of AI, automation, standards and employment as they relate to persons with disabilities.

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