CAIDS will adopt an annual data theme, which will serve as the connection between its many and varied offerings. The annual data theme will be rooted in a topic of shared interest that can be examined through the lens of multiple disciplines and provide a context for broadly collaborative and interdisciplinary scholarship. CAIDS will collect and curate data related to this theme and help create a culture of data literacy by organizing opportunities for students and all members of the University community to deepen their understanding through data exploration, sharing insights, and the generation of new questions.
The data theme will form the basis for interdisciplinary courses, approaching the data set from multiple perspectives and demonstrating the critical nature of data literacy and the responsible use of data. The culmination of the annual data theme will be University-wide activities during the annual “Data Week".