The Federal Statistical Office (FSO) is joining forces with the Swiss Data Science Center, a joint venture between the two federal institutes of technology, to encourage the use of data science and artificial intelligence within the administration.
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As society becomes more digitalized, institutions need more and more data science skills. This includes the integration of tools arising from artificial intelligence in a way that is safe and beneficial to society as a whole. To this end, as a pioneer within the federal administration, the FSO is teaming up with the Swiss Data Science Center (SDSC), a joint venture between the two federal institutes of technology.
“I am extremely enthusiastic about this strategic partnership in a joint flagship project between our two institutes and the FSO,” said Martin Vetterli, President of the EPFL. “It reminds me of the partnership between the Alan Turing Institute in London and the British Office for National Statistics, committed to a joint vision of research and innovation in regard to data science.”
Three strands of cooperation
The first strand of cooperation is to strengthen the FSO’s Data Science Competence Center (DSCC), of which the SDSC will become a strategic partner. The EPFL and the ETH Zurich will support the FSO in identifying the necessary profiles and in recruiting the specialists that will form the DSCC. The two institutes also undertake to receive these associates ‘in residence’ at the SDSC laboratories with a view to developing their skills and helping with networking in this field in Switzerland. Lastly, the partners will together identify the DSCC’s priority projects and cooperate in their execution.
The second strand concerns cooperation in regard to infrastructure. The open-source technological platform RENKU, developed by the SDSC will be used by the DSCC. On the academic network SWITCH, RENKU enables the practice of data science and artificial intelligence in a collaborative and reproducible way, criteria essential to the FSO. A dedicated instance was specifically created for the FSO so that the principles of data protection provided for in law can be systematically applied. At no time do the data leave the Swiss national territory. […]
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