Lacuna Fund

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Presentation

Lacuna Fund is the world’s first collaborative effort to provide data scientists, researchers, and social entrepreneurs in low- and middle-income contexts globally with the resources they need to produce labeled datasets that address urgent problems in their communities.

 
 

datasets that address urgent problems in their communities.

 
 

Resume

Lacuna Fund is the world’s first collaborative effort to provide data scientists, researchers, and social entrepreneurs in low- and middle-income contexts globally with the resources they need to produce labeled datasets that address urgent problems in their communities.

Lacuna Fund aims to:

  • Disburse funds to institutions to create, expand, and/or maintain datasets that fill gaps and reduce bias in training data used for machine learning. 
  • Make it possible for underserved populations to take advantage of advances offered by AI. 
  • Deepen understanding by the machine learning and philanthropy communities of how to most effectively and efficiently fund development and maintenance of equitably labeled datasets.  

While Lacuna Fund’s objective is to produce more equitable open source datasets, this is bigger than just data collection and labeling. We are working towards data collection protocols that ensure the data is scalable and replicable. We endeavor to see these protocols applied to other regions and sectors in the future, thereby catalyzing sustainable funding for this essential work. 

 

Criterias

The Steering Committee has chosen to focus the Lacuna Fund’s grantmaking to support the creation, expansion, and maintenance of labeled datasets in three domain areas with key needs: agriculturehealth, and languages.

Lacuna Fund grants using requests for proposals. We accept applications from non-profit entities, research institutions, for-profit social enterprises, or teams of such organizations. Organizations seeking to apply should have the technical capacity to conduct dataset labeling, creation, expansion, and/or maintenance.

One requirement of applicants is that the datasets are locally developed and owned. We believe that local researchers need to create this data and see it through to implementation because that’s where the greatest potential for systemic change lies.

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