Since convening, the Alliance has worked with volunteers and stakeholders to develop draft standards for individuals, standards for universities seeking accreditation of their courses and a certification process that will enable both individuals and education providers to gain recognition based on skills and knowledge within data science.

Governed by a memorandum of understanding, the Alliance is committed to:

  • Defining the standards of professional competence and behaviour expected of people who work with data which impacts lives and livelihoods. These currently include data scientists, data engineers, data analysts and data stewards.
  • Delivering these standards as data science certifications offered by the Alliance members to their professional members, with processes to hold certified members accountable for their professional status in this area.
  • Using these standards as criteria for Alliance members to accredit data science degrees, and data science modules of associated degrees, as contributing to certification.