One of our first Book Sprints of 2020 – and still onsite – was a very interesting project with the University of Washington in Seattle: a small team of professors gathered to write a handbook about Human Centered Data Science, directed to New Data Science students.
We always advise the organisers that 5 should be the minimum number of participants, and still that will depend on the amount of content they wish to produce during the Book Sprint. In this case, the 5 authors worked really hard to cover the desired content and reach the amount of words that would result in a comprehensive book for this topic.
Having passed more than 6 months, we reached out to the organiser, Cecilia Aragon – computer scientist, professor, and champion aerobatic pilot! – to give us some feedback and updates on what happened to the book:
I am so grateful we got our Book Sprint in under the wire. All is going well and we are very happy with the Book Sprint for helping us accomplish our goal of collaboratively writing a first draft of our book.
Our manuscript is now with the publisher. We expect review comments shortly, and then a revised version will be due later this Fall. We’ve finished a close-to-final draft of the book and are doing proofreading and incorporating our case studies. The final manuscript is due to MIT Press for peer review, and the book will be released in 2021.
We are surely pleased with the updates of this Book Sprint, and looking forward to the book’s publication in 2021.