The 2019 Yale Day of Data was centered around the theme of Data Privacy, which emphasized the challenges of balancing abundant information and openness in research with concerns about privacy and surveillance. The event hashtag was #ydod2019.

Yale researchers work in international collaborations on questions of global impact to solve problems across the sciences and social sciences, including public policy, public health, social justice, the environment, and beyond.

The Day of Data was held on December 6, 2019, at the Yale Law School. Please see the schedule for more information.

On the Eve of Data (December 5), events occurred around campus, including a poster session held from 4-6 PM in the CSSSI 24/7 space. Members of the Yale community submitted posters that displayed the diverse ways data is collected and analyzed in our community.

Our morning keynote this year was Catherine Stihler, Chief Executive Officer, Open Knowledge Foundation (OKF). Stihler has decades of experience in politics as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for Scotland, an elected position. During her career, she has worked on digital policy, citizen online data protection, copyright reform, and the role of AI and automation. As the CEO of the OKF, she brings this experience to the new and exciting challenge of helping civil society groups access and use data to take action on important issues.

The morning keynote was recorded and is available for viewing on Vimeo.

Yale Day of Data: Data Privacy from Yale Law School on Vimeo.

Our afternoon keynote was Asha Rangappa, Director of Admissions and Senior Lecturer at the Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, where she teaches National Security Law and related courses. Professor Rangappa served in the FBI for several years, specializing in counterintelligence investigations. She is a legal and national security analyst for CNN and has written numerous op-eds for major national and international news sources on national security.

Our panelists included:

  • Elisa Celis, Assistant Professor of Statistics and Data Science
  • Professor Samah Fodeh, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Yale School of Medicine
  • Stephen Latham, Director, Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics and Senior Research Scholar, Department of Political Science
  • Nathaniel Raymond, Lecturer, Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs
  • Tiffany Li, Yale Law School, involved in the Information Society Project
  • Kenneth Kidd, Professor Emeritus of Genetics, Yale School of Medicine

Administrator speakers included Heather K. Gerken, Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law, and Peter Schiffer, Vice Provost for Research and the Frederick W. Beinecke Professor of Applied Physics and Professor of Physics.

The Day of Data was sponsored by the Provost's Office, the Yale University Library, Lillian Goldman Law Library, Institution for Social and Policy Studies, and the Yale Center for Research Computing.

Browse the contents of Day of Data 2019:

2020 Day of Data Spring Discussion Series
Following on the 2019 Day of Data, the Spring Discussion Series was an opportunity to explore data issues related to the year's theme in greater depth.
About Our Speakers
Information about our keynotes and panelists and, closer to the Day of Data, their talks.
Poster Session
The poster session will be held on Thursday, December 5, from 4:00-6:00 PM in the CSSSI 24/7 Space. Click on Submit Poster link on the left for more information and to submit..