Iowa Social Science Research Center

Data Science Institute scheduled for January 9-12

digital representation of data

The University of Iowa, a pioneer in Informatics research will host a data science institute featuring a number of mini-classes the week of January 9-12. The workshop is a collaborative effort between the Iowa Social Science Research Center (ISRC) and the Iowa Informatics Initiative (UI3). The institute will teach participants about the basic building blocks of coding as applied in the fields of the Biological, Physical, Social Sciences, and Digital Humanities. We welcome faculty, staff, post-docs, graduate, and undergraduate students interested in building new skills in informatics. The topics for January 2018 include introductions to the Python, Stata, and R programming languages and an introduction to data visualization in JavaScript. Faculty from UI3, the College of Education, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the Department of Political Science will teach the courses in Ellig Auditorium (N120) in the College of Public Health Building on campus. 

Each course will involve a 4-hour morning session focused on instructor presentation of the material.

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Follow the below link to register for the January Data Science Institute. There is no fee associated with the institute. You can register for all the sessions or individual sessions (see below).

The number of seats per session is limited to 50. There will be a waitlist accessed through the registration survey after the quota is filled for each session.

Please contact Fred Boehmke, Sai Ramadugu, or Elizabeth Menninga with questions.


January 9, 2017 - 8:30 Am - 12:30 Pm: Introduction to Python Data Analytics - Dr. Kang Pyo Lee
This introductory class will cover the basic elements in Python data analytics and provide hands-on practice. The topics to be covered include an introduction to data analytics and Python, Python basics for data analysis, and data preparation/exploration/visualization using widely used data analytics libraries in Python. Participants will also be able to learn how to take advantage of an interactive web-based data analytics environment called Jupyter Notebook. No prior experience in Python is necessary for this class. Participants will be expected to bring their own laptops.

January 10, 2017 - 8:30 Am - 12:30 Pm:  Introduction to Tidyverse/R - Dr. Brandon Lebeau
This hands on course will provide an introduction to the tidyverse, a data analysis framework in R that provides users a simple vocabulary to data analysis. Topics covered will include: introduction to data visualization, data management, and exploratory data analysis using the tidyverse. This course is intended to be hands on, therefore attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop with R and RStudio already installed. No prior R knowledge is needed.

January 11, 2017 - 8:30 Am - 12:30 Pm: Introduction to Stata - Dr. Frederick J. Boehmke
This introductory course in Stata will cover the basics of data preparation and manipulation in Stata. Topics addressed will include importing data, merging and combining data sets, cleaning data, variables, variable manipulations, loops, and data visualization.

January 12, 2018 - 8:30 Am - 12:30 Pm:  - Data visualization in JavaScript - Dr. Daniel Lathrop
Visualizing data is an effective technique for both data exploration and presentation. JavaScript, as the lingua franca of web programming, is especially well suited on both fronts. Learn the basics of visualization decisions and implementing them with your data.