15/05/2021

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The Federal Statistical Office (FSO) is joining forces with Swiss Data Science Center, a venture between the 2 federal institutes of technology, to encourage the utilization of knowledge science and Artificial Intelligence within the administration. This partnership is taking shape within the FSO’s Data Science Competence Center.

As society becomes more digitalised, institutions need more and more data science skills. This includes the mixing of tools arising from Artificial Intelligence during a way that’s safe and beneficial to society as collectively. To the present end, FSO is  a pioneer within the federal administration. It is teaming up with Swiss Data Science Center (SDSC), a venture between the 2 federal institutes of technology.

“I am extremely hooked in to this strategic partnership during a joint flagship project between our two institutes and therefore the FSO”, said Martin Vetterli, EPFL President. “It jogs my memory of the partnership between the Turing Institute in London and therefore the British Office for National Statistics. It being committed to a joint vision of research and innovation in reference to data science.”

Three strands of cooperation and Artificial Intelligence

The first strand of cooperation is to strengthen the FSO’s Data Science Competence Center (DSCC).  SDSC will become a strategic partner of this DSCC. The EPFL and therefore the ETH Zurich will support the FSO in identifying the required profiles and in recruiting the specialists which will form the DSCC.

The 2 institutes also undertake to receive these associates ‘in residence’ at the SDSC laboratories. This is for the purpose of developing their skills and helping with networking during 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 reference to infrastructure. The open-source technological platform RENKU, developed by the SDSC are going to be employed by the DSCC. On the tutorial network SWITCH, RENKU enables the practice of data science and Artificial Intelligence during a collaborative and reproducible way, criteria essential to the FSO.

A fanatical instance was specifically created for the FSO in order that the principles of knowledge protection provided for in law are often systematically applied. At no time do the info leave Swiss national territory
The third strand aims to market understanding. Therefore, works for the sharing of data science and Artificial Intelligence knowledge and practices within the federal administration.

Digitalization and public administration

“With this partnership, the FSO is enabling itself to fulfil the elemental mission assigned thereto by the Federal Council in May 2020. It’s DSCC will launch on on 1 January 2021. It’ll even be ready to meet the challenges caused by the profound changes within the data ecosystem and by the increased use of algorithms within the public sector”, enthused Georges-Simon Ulrich, Director General of the FSO.

In concrete terms, the DSCC will function as a service provider within the field of data science for the entire  administration. It seeks and encourages cooperation with other levels of state (cantons and communes). The DSCC’s mission is to figure at the crossroads between data science and Artificial Intelligence.

Its mission is to create skills allowing the utilization of techniques and practices arising from data science and Artificial Intelligence. This is to get a replacement understanding of fields associated with public policy. And thus to assist with decision-making for the general public good, in accordance with ethical principles.

The President of the ETH Zurich, Joël Mesot, acknowledged the relevance of this partnership. “Putting data science and Artificial Intelligence at the service of the general public good is one among today’s major challenges. The Federal Institutes of Technology are proud to be ready to bring their skills into this field. That is to support the Confederation during this transition in order that it’ll benefit all sectors of society.”

About Swiss Data Science Center (SDSC)

In 2017, the ETH Board launched a national initiative in reference to data science. This  resulted within the creation of a singular venture between the EPFL and therefore the ETH Zurich. Swiss Data Science Center (SDSC), aimed toward promoting innovation in data science, multi-disciplinary research and open science. The SDSC’s mission is to accelerate the utilization of knowledge science and machine learning techniques within academic disciplines and industry.