The first edition of the MSU Data Challenge! This event was organized by the Data Infrastructure & Scholarly Communication group, a joint effort from the University Information Technology and the Library. In 2016 the topic of the data challenge was bike parking on campus, in collaboration with the Office of Sustainability. Participants were invited to crunch data on bike racks location and capacity; building location and occupancy; and sidewalk locations to suggest how to best redeploy (or expand on) the existing racks to best serve the campus biking community. All these datasets were provided to participants. The proposals were evaluated by stakeholders from around campus. The best proposals used a combination of data visualization and/or algorithmic approaches to suggest how to optimize bike parking with respect to walking distance to classrooms, aesthetic of the parking spaces, access to snowplows, and feasibility.

Recent Submissions

  • Data Challenge 2016: BIKING SOLUTIONS FOR MSU 

    Lewis, Megan; Kimm, Travis (Montana State University, 2016-10)
    Montana State University is a rapidly growing campus with an ever-increasing demand for transportation accommodations. The university set an enrollment record in 2015, and again in 2016. As a result, Montana State has had ...
  • Optimizing Cyclist Parking in a Closed System 

    Qingge, Letu; Smith, Killian (Montana State University, 2016-10)
    In this paper, we consider the two different aspects of the bike parking problem; namely the assignment of bike racks to locations, and the selection of the minimal number of bike rack locations satisfying some ...
  • Review template 

    Borda, Susan; Mazurie, Aurélien (Montana State University, 2016-11)
    This worksheet was used to review data competition applications.