The Data Science Initiative (DSI) aims to make a mark in data science research, nationally and internationally, by charting new research directions and enabling the development of new methods, data sets, and software that are used to address grand challenges facing our state, nation, and the world. Since there already exist multiple high-quality data science activities throughout our campuses, the primary focus of the UMN Data Science Initiative will be the communication, coordination, integration, and amplification of those activities.