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Data Scientist at Code for San Jose

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Code for America

  • 12 people are interested

About Code for San Jose:

  • Code for San Jose (CFSJ) is an all-volunteer powered organization.
  • We are a chapter of Code for America.
  • As a chapter, we focus on civic innovation and government technology in San Jose, Silicon Valley, and across the country.
  • You do not have to be located in San Jose, California in order to volunteer with us.
  • We welcome everyone interested in solving community problems through technology, user experience design/research, and community partnerships.
  • Our mission is to make community services more transparent, accessible, and equitable by collaborating with local government and other community-based organizations on civic projects.
  • We have over 60 active volunteers with over 8 active projects.
  • Our leadership team consists of 9 other directors, 2 executive directors and 18 project leaders.
  • As a group, we meet every other Thursday at 6:30 PM PST to sync up and work on projects.
  • All of our events are posted on meetup.


About this Specific Opportunity:

  • Role title
    • Data Scientist
  • Estimated time commitment
    • 3-6 hours per week
  • This role’s goal
    • The goal is parse a large dataset of public meetings (i.e. City Council, School Board, Planning Commission) and surface critical insights to everyday community members.
    • This may involve imagine recognition, natural language processing, and sentiment analysis. You do not need to be experienced in all three, in order to contribute to this project.
    • Agendas are often stored as PDFs so we need help running image recognition on the PDFs.
    • An example use case: we want to analyze the structure of each meeting and serialize the meeting structure so we can pass it to other software applications.
    • Another example use case: we want to analyze the meeting contents so we can tag meetings. A user may want to subscribe to meetings that talk about housing so we need to tag meetings that talk about housing in the agenda.
  • This role’s responsibilities
    • Research, validate and manually input data
    • Data Science: Build natural language processing models
    • Data Science: Use image recognition to parse PDF files
    • Data Science: Intelligently tag files based on their contents

What tools are used for this role?

You do not need to be experienced in every tool listed below.

Although, we do expect our volunteers to be resourceful and able to self-teach when necessary because we do not host any coding lessons.

  • Programming languages
    • Python - Data Science
    • R


How to get started:

  1. Please join our Slack organization using this link:
  2. After you join Slack, someone from the CFSJ leadership team will connect with you via Slack about how to get started and what your next steps are.


Find more information about CFSJ:

  • A list of our active projects can be found in this slide deck:
  • Our website:
  • Our meetup page:

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About Code for America



Mission Statement

Code for America helps governments work better for everyone with the people and the power of the web. Through our Fellowship , Accelerator , and Brigade , we're building a network of cities, citizens, community groups, and startups, all equally committed to reimagining government for the 21st century.


Code for America is a new non-profit, and a new kind of organization. Our team is made up of web geeks, city experts, and technology industry leaders. We are building a network of civic leaders and organizations who believe there is a better way of doing things and want to make a difference.

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This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.


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  • 3-6 hours per week

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