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Published on March 4th, 2014 | by Travis Korte

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15 Women in Data to Follow on Twitter

Data science, analytics, visualization and related fields tend to have more gender equality than other areas of computer science. Not coincidentally, many of the most interesting data personalities on Twitter are women. Below are 15 of our favorites to follow, listed alphabetically.

Lynn Cherny

Cherny, an independent consultant, is one of the most prominent voices in data on Twitter, particularly in the area of visualization. She also tweets about programming in R, Python and Javascript.

Munmun De Choudhury

De Choudhury, an assistant professor at Georgia Tech’s School of Interactive Computing, is a key member of the computational social science community. Previously, she helped create connected systems in the neXus group at Microsoft Research.

Marsha Haverty

Haverty is a user experience designer at security software company Tripwire, but her personal account is an adventure into the philosophy and aesthetics of information.

Jeanne Holm

Holm, the evangelist for U.S. federal data portal Data.gov, also teaches knowledge management and system design at UCLA.

Michelle Lee

Lee, a former Code for America fellow, co-founded Textizen, a mobile data-driven civic engagement platform. Previously, she worked as a designer for Google’s Maps, Flu Trends and Docs teams, where she created Google Forms.

Alexis Lloyd

Lloyd is the creative director of the New York Times R+D Lab. A designer and thinker, she has worked on some of the news organization’s data visualizations.

Jen Lowe

Lowe, a data and visualization scientist,  conducts research at Columbia University’s Spatial Information Design Lab and teaches the Math for Artists class at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. She also co-founded New York’s School for Poetic Computation.

Tamara Manik-Perlman

Manik-Perlman, a 2013 Code for America Fellow, is also founder of Postcode.io, a data and technology company for local governments.

Marina Martin

Martin, a senior advisor to U.S. CTO Todd Park, was also the first entrepreneur-in-residence at the U.S. Department of Education. Martin is an active speaker in the area of using open data and government APIs to drive innovation.

Hilary Mason

Mason, the former chief data scientist at Bitly, has become an informal figurehead for the data science community. She is currently a data scientist in residence at venture firm Accel Partners.

Monica Rogati

Rogati is the vice president of data at San Francisco-based wearable technology company Jawbone. Before that, she was a senior data scientist at LinkedIn.

E.M. Simpson

Simpson, an applied social scientist and domain expert, uses data analysis to conduct research on topics such as counterinsurgency, political violence and illicit networks. She is the CEO of Caerus Associates, a consulting firm working in these areas.

Victoria Stodden

Stodden is a professor of statistics at Columbia University.

Sisi Wei

Wei is a news app developer at public interest journalism site Pro Publica. She has built applications to help users explore Pro Publica’s databases, including the Dollars for Docs and Nonprofit Explorer projects.

Chrys Wu

Wu is the New York Times’ developer advocate. An active member of New York’s data community, she tweets on data journalism, programming and many other topics.

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About the Author

Travis Korte is a research analyst at the Center for Data Innovation specializing in data science applications and open data. He has a background in journalism, computer science and statistics. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, he launched the Science vertical of The Huffington Post and served as its Associate Editor, covering a wide range of science and technology topics. He has worked on data science projects with HuffPost and other organizations. Before this, he graduated with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley, having studied critical theory and completed coursework in computer science and economics. His research interests are in computational social science and using data to engage with complex social systems. You can follow him on Twitter @traviskorte.



  • http://gumption.typepad.com Joe McCarthy

    As someone who is interested in data science, and always happy to see women accorded more prominent stature in any science, I find this to be a very helpful list.

    I was surprised not to see a Twitter list cultivated for this group on @DataInnovation, so I decided to create my own list and add a few other women who I count as among “the most interesting data personalities on Twitter” (in alphabetical order):

    Kate Crawford (@katecrawford)
    Susannah Fox (@SusannahFox)
    Rachel Kumar (@grapealope)
    Cathy O’Neil (@mathbabedotorg)

    I’d include links, except embedded HTML appears to be disabled here … so here’s a link to my Twitter list (with the 15 + 4): https://twitter.com/gumption/lists/women-in-data

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