The Sheffield Data Science Forum

The Data Science Forum aims to provide a catalyst for networking and the sharing of knowledge between industry/business practitioners, academics and students on topics related to Data Science. The Forum is open to all and aims to create a supportive community for those working in Data Science and Analytics to discuss and find solutions to problems and issues in an informal and friendly environment. It also provides the opportunity for those to network with other practitioners.

The Forum is being organised by the University of Sheffield and Peak Indicators for data professionals located within the city of Sheffield and surrounding areas. Members can also network and seek advice through supporting online tools, such as LinkedIn and Twitter. Refreshments will be provided and there is no registration fee for joining the network and attending the events.

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Next event: Data, Policing and Analysis: challenges and opportunities

The next Data Science Forum meeting is on the 18 September at the University Arms

The guest speaker will be Jamie Smith of South Yorkshire Police.

Data, Policing and Analysis: challenges and opportunities

Policing data and official statistics have subtle differences that cause an interesting set of challenges for interpretation and analysis. In South Yorkshire Police we are currently on a journey into looking at what more sophisticated data analysis can tell us about 21st century policing demands and this talk will detail some of the challenges faced and where we have got to so far.


Jamie is a Business Analyst working within the Demand Management team in the Business Change and Innovation Department at South Yorkshire Police.The department focusses around business process and demand management analysis with the purpose of supporting service redesign and change. He has a strong interest in data analytics, having introduced an Analyst Working Group to South Yorkshire Police in the last 12 months and has been a part of the N8PRP CPD programme for data analytics. He is also shortly to embark on his masters in Social Research at the Sheffield Methods Institute

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