Preparing Tomorrow’s Leaders
for a Data Rich World


What is the Collaboratory?

Co-founded by Columbia Entrepreneurship and the Data Science Institute, the Collaboratory supports the development of innovative curricula that meets the data and computational literacy needs of a given discipline, set of disciplines and/or cohort of students at Columbia University. Likewise, the Fund also supports curriculum in which business, ethical, cultural, and policy tools and skills are embedded into data and computational curricula.

Why Data Science Literacy?

The increasing availability of data and computational power in society is impacting our world in profound ways. As our ability to generate, store and analyze data grows by the day, so do the opportunities for using those data to improve our economy, our security, the environment and human health.

Scores of professional and research areas are increasingly becoming data driven enterprises, and with this transformation comes a growing need for education that provides universal data and computational literacy. In order to be effective, the leaders of tomorrow, whether they pursue careers in academia, government, business, industry or other avenues, will need to understand how data and data-science are influencing their fields and organizations, now and into the future.

Why a Collaborative Approach?

The knowledge needed to enable tomorrow’s graduates to meaningfully engage in today’s data-rich world will vary by academic background and discipline. Students in Columbia’s Professional Schools will have different needs than undergraduates following the core-curriculum, for example, and needs will also vary between the Professional Schools themselves.


Are you a professor interested in developing an interdisciplinary class through the Collaboratory? Learn more about the Collaboratory Fellows Fund.