School Projects (and Related)

A Pricing Model for Data Markets

During the first semester of the MIDS degree, I had the pleasure of teaming up with Judd Heckman, Milad Davaloo, Erin Boehmer and Nikhil Kurup in the Research Design and Applications for Data Analysis course   Feedback from our professor, Steve Weber, was among the most supportive and positive feedback in my professional or academic career.  Our group continued on with our project, ultimately submitting (and being accepted) to the iConference (a conference organized by the iSchools organization, consisting of Information and Information Science schools around the world).  

Abstract: 

A more structured data market with a standardized pricing model would improve the transaction experience for all parties. In this paper, we describe a potential dataset valuation model and the impact such a model would have on data markets. We also explore how the model would assist with adding proprietary datasets as assets on corporate balance sheets,and with the formation of a futures market for data.

The link to the full paper from the conference proceedings is available here

Application of Key Ethical Frameworks to the Changing Spectrum of Higher Education Platforms

I partnered with Brad McMinn for the final paper in our course Legal, Ethical and Policy Concerns for Data Scientists, taught by Deirdre Mulligan.  This paper was what started to rekindle my interest in higher education, and it was eye opening to review how data is (and could be) utilized in higher education.  I never thought  I would become so immersed in the multitude of institutional and federal privacy policies that apply to the students of today. 

Summary

In this paper, we examined how the key ethical frameworks of the 20th century (the Belmont Report and the Fair Information Practice Principles) combined with education specific privacy laws (FERPA) apply in the changing (and growing) landscape of data in higher education.  We review the implications in four platforms, existing and emerging - traditional non-profit brick and mortar schools, online programs delivered by those same schools, for-profit online education, and Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) -  and look at the various ethical challenges each may face when developing a strategy on novel uses for the growing data that is now available to them.  We look in depth at the privacy policies that are in place for a student in each program and how the stated use and collection of data fit into ethical frameworks and legal policies currently in place.

Link to full paper.