May 4, 2021 to May 5, 2021
6:45am to 3:00pm
Virtual Participation


Dates: May 4-5, 2021 (Tuesday and Wednesday)
Day 1 / Tuesday, May 4: 6.45 AM – 2:00 PM Pacific
Day 2, Wednesday, May 5: 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM Pacific

VIDEOS: Watch this event on YouTube
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Conference Schedule and Speakers

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csv,conf,v6 is a small community conference that has a broad mission and features diverse talks about data sharing and data analysis, tools, practices, and data science applications from science, journalism, government/civic tech, academia, industry, and open source — with a strong focus on the ethics of data science, democratizing data, and social good. csv,conf is about:

  • Building community: csv,conf brings diverse groups together to discuss data topics, and features stories about data sharing and data analysis from science, journalism, government, and open source.
  • People who love data: csv,conf is a non-profit community conference run by folks who really love data and sharing knowledge about data and its application to society.
  • Big and small: csv,conf conferences aren't just about spreadsheets. Featured content includes broader topics like advancing the art of data collaboration, from putting data on GitHub, to producing meaningful insight by running large scale distributed processing on a cluster.

CSV Conf is a unique data science conference that started in 2014. You can revisit csv,conf,v5, csv,conf,v4, csv,conf,v3 , csv,conf,v2 and csv,conf,v1 conference websites, or watch csv,conf talks on YouTube. BIDS Researcher Karthik Ram has been an organizer of this conference since 2016 and program chair since 2017.

Organizers: csv,conf is a group effort to put on a non-profit, community conference with dozens of people putting in time, including but not limited to the 2021 organizing team:

  • Karthik Ram, University of California, Berkeley. Program Chair
  • John Chodacki, California Digital Library
  • Elaine Wong, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
  • Jessica Hardwicke, Code for Science & Society
  • Jonathan Cain, University of Oregon
  • Jo Barratt, Open Knowledge Foundation
  • Danielle Robinson, Code for Science & Society
  • Lilly Winfree, Open Knowledge Foundation
  • Serah Rono, The Carpentries

Interested participants are welcome to submit a talk proposal about interesting work they've been doing this past year. Talks (20 minutes including questions) and Birds of a Feather submissions are now open. Submit Your Talk/Session Proposal by February 28, 2021.

Questions? Reach out to the organizers on Slack: https://csvconf-slackin.herokuapp.com/.


Karthik Ram

Senior Research Data Scientist

Karthik Ram’s interests are focused on reproducible research, especially as it applies to global change.  Much of his recent work focuses on building tools and services around open data and growing diverse data science communities.  He contributes regularly to various projects including Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry, and occasional blogs at Inundata.  He leads rOpenSci, a non-profit initiative founded in 2011 (with Scott Chamberlain and Carl Boettiger) to make scientific data retrieval reproducible through an ecosystem of open source tools, annual unconferences, and community developed software.  Dr. Ram graduated with a PhD in Ecology and Evolution from UC Davis and has since held postdoc positions at UC Santa Cruz and UC Berkeley.