Research study about collaborative data science

Hi everyone,

I’m a graduate student researcher in computer science. I’m posting to invite you to participate in a research study relating to some of our recent research. I think some of you may find this work interesting as it relates to using Lab/Jupyter Server/Binder as part of a collaborative platform. The description is below - I really appreciate your participation, and please share further with colleagues and friends as well.



Do you want to use your data science skills for good? Collaborative, open-source projects that create a machine learning model could have a significant impact in civic technology, social sciences, public health, and more.

I’d like to invite you to join a collaborative data science project using an experimental software framework called Ballet that my research group is developing.

Your task will be to write a feature definition that can be used to predict personal income from raw survey responses to the US Census American Community Survey. The model built from features submitted by the community can then be used to optimize administration of the survey, direct public policy interventions, assist empirical researchers, and more.

This task is expected to take from 30 minutes to 2 hours. You will also be asked to complete a short survey about your experiences and may additionally be contacted to have a short interview with researchers. If you complete the study you will be entered in a raffle for a small Amazon gift card as a token of thanks for your time and effort.

To participate, please go to and follow the instructions there by September 15. You should preferably have basic experience in Python programming and data science development.

You can also check out the project without signing up for the study here.