Data Community DC (DC2) is an organization formed in mid-2012 to connect and promoting the work of data professionals in the National Capital Region. We foster education, opportunity, and professional development through high-quality, community-driven events, content, resources, products and services. Our goal is to create a truly open and welcoming community of people who produce, consume, analyze, and work with data — data scientists, analysts, economists, programmers, researchers, and statisticians, regardless of industry, sector, or technology. As of July 2013, we are currently over 4,000 members strong from diverse industries and from a large variety of backgrounds.
Contact us at:
- Data Science DC Meetup
- Statistical Programming DC Meetup (formerly R Users DC)
- Data Innovation DC Meetup (formerly Data Business DC)
- Data Visualization DC Meetup
- Data Science MD Meetup
- W3DC (Web and Technology Team)
With our blog, we are creating a podium by which thought-leaders in this field can emerge from the relative technological silence of the national capital region. We focus on local authors creating leading articles, tutorials, editorials, and reviews. We also run several weekly features examining the best articles in data science and data visualization and highlighting publicly available data sources.
Services and Community
DC2 additionally operates the Data Events DC calendar, a curated calendar of relevant Meetups, conferences, hackathons, and workshops in the region. LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter are conduits to share information among the practitioners in our community.
Board of Directors
President and Founder: Harlan D. Harris
Harlan has a PhD in Computer Science (Machine Learning) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and post-doctoral work in Cognitive Psychology at several universities. He currently is Senior Solutions Architect at Sentrana, Inc., co-founded Data Community DC, and co-founded and co-organizes Data Science DC.
Secretary and Founder: Sean Moore Gonzalez
Sean Gonzalez has worked primarily in the defense industry in machine learning and AI. Sean is currently a data scientist focusing on visualizing data for better communication and decisions, works in the defense industry, consults on data projects, is a co-founder of Data Community DC, and co-organizes Data Visualization DC.
Treasurer and Founder: Tony Ojeda
Tony Ojeda is an accomplished manager and aspiring entrepreneur with expertise in optimizing business processes through innovative data solutions. He is currently Manager of Data Analysis and Strategic Solutions at Follett Higher Education Group. He has an MS in Finance from Florida International University and an MBA with concentrations in Strategy and Entrepreneurship from DePaul University. He is a co-founder of Data Community DC, currently serves as the organization’s Treasurer, and is actively involved in promoting data science education both through Data Community DC and through SageBourse (a data science tutoring marketplace he started).
Founder and Statistical Programming DC Representative: Marck Vaisman
Marck Vaisman is a data scientist, consultant, entrepreneur, master munger and hacker. He is Sr. Data Scientist at DeepMile Networks and owner and Principal Data Scientist at DataXtract, LLC . His professional experience spans the management consulting, telecommunications, Internet, and technology industries. He has an MBA from Vanderbilt University and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University. He is co-organizer of Data Science DC and R Users DC, and a contributing author to O’Reilly’s Bad Data Handbook.
Statistical Programming DC Representative: Abhijit Dasgupta
Abhijit Dasgupta is a data consultant working in the greater DC-Maryland-Virginia area, with several years experience in biomedical consulting, business analytics, bioinformatics, and bioengineering consulting. He has a PhD in Biostatistics from the University of Washington and over 40 collaborative peer-reviewed manuscripts, with strong interests in bridging the statistics/machine learning divide. He is always is on the lookout for interesting and challenging projects, and is an enthusiastic speaker and discussant on new and better ways to look at and analyze data. He is a member of Data Community DC and a founding member and co-organizer of Statistical Programming DC (formerly R Users DC).
Data Innovation DC Representative: Robert Vesco
Robert is currently a researcher, teacher and PhD candidate at the University of Maryland. He studies online startup communities and the media’s influence on entrepreneurship. In his prior life his worked for startups in both the food and animation industries. He helped startups understand their financial data better as well as connect that data with the rest of their systems. He’s a fan of automation and a hater of paper. He also worked with New Ventures helping social and environmental entrepreneurs from developing countries find access to financing and markets. When he’s not working, he’s biking, rock climbing, and trying to eat the best food he can get his hands on.
Founder and Data Innovation DC and W3DC Program Representative: Sean Murphy
Sean is a Senior Scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, an MBA from the University of Oxford, and a data consultant and advisor for several startups. He currently co-organizes the DataBusinessDC meetup and the DataScienceMD meetup.
Data Science MD Program Representative: Jason Barbour
Jason is a software engineer at Varen Technologies, focused on developing analytics for large data sets using tools such as Hadoop, Pig, and Accumulo. Previously, Jason worked as a network analyst for computer network operations. Jason holds a Master of Computer Science degree from UMBC where he concentrated on sensor network connectivity and security analysis.
Data Science MD Program Representative: Matt Motyka
Matt is a computer scientist who has spent the last 9 years as a consultant to the Department of Defense. He works for Six3 Systems developing software for traditional and big data platforms. Matt obtained his BS in Computer Science at the University of Maryland College Park and has an MS in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University focusing on networking and telecommunications.
Data Innovation DC Program Representative: Sara Zellner
Sara is an independent consultant focusing on social responsibility, business strategy, program development, stakeholder engagement, and research. She assists in the development of Data Community DC partnerships.
Data Science DC Program Representative: Ben Sweezy
Ben works with the Federal Chief Information Officer at the White House Office of Management and Budget. He is excited to help energize the data science, analytics, and open data communities within and outside of the walls of the federal government. Send him any ideas for rethinking government data, accountability, transparency, management, or budgeting at @brsweezy.
W3DC Program Representative: Ben Bengfort
Benjamin is a data scientist with a passion for massive machine learning involving gigantic natural language corpora, and has been leveraging that passion to develop a keen understanding of recommendation algorithms at Cobrain in Bethesda, MD where he serves as the Chief Data Scientist. With a professional background in military and intelligence, and an academic background in economics and computer science, he brings a unique set of skills and insights to his work. Ben believes that data is a currency that can pave the way to discovering insights and solve complex problems. He is also currently pursuing a PhD in Computer Science at University of Maryland College Park.
Former Board Members:
- Valerie Coffman
- John Dennison