Data is ubiquitous and the ability to analyze it reproducibly and at scale is crucial for businesses and nonprofits alike. The data analytics and visualization bootcamp is for those who’ve reached the limits of point-and-click software and are ready to explore the power of analyzing data with code. In today’s employment ecosystem, this is a key skill for professional data analysts.
In this data analysis and visualization workshop we will work hands-on with the programming language R, in particular a group of packages known as the “tidyverse.” R is used by top data scientists, newsrooms, social scientists, economists, and academia. It is an advanced language for data analysis, data visualization, and data science used for decision making in business or for developing stories to communicate complex data. The tidyverse has introduced a streamlined, consistent way of writing code that can be mastered by anyone who is comfortable thinking logically and strategically. You don’t need to be a programmer to benefit from this course.
- Learn R syntax, dig into data analysis and data visualizations using tidyverse packages.
- Acquire, clean, and process data.
- Create reproducible analyses and reports.
- Process and analyze geographic data.
- Make charts, maps, and animations, for print and the web.
- Connect from R to databases to work with large datasets.
- Apply statistical modeling to gain insights and make predictions from data.
You’ll enjoy personalized small class instruction from expert instructors. This program is a skill-based learning experience for intermediate to advanced professionals. You’ll work hands-on with the tools and create real examples of charts, graphs and maps. This assures that you will be able to apply your new skill set immediately upon completion of the workshop.
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Who Should Attend?
This workshop is ideal for people interested in a rapid-paced, immersive experience in advanced data analysis tools & techniques: scientists, data analysts, communication professionals, journalists, educators, faculty, and those interested in becoming proficient in learning to communicate data with clarity.
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Instructors & Facilitators
Instructors subject to change.
Peter Aldhous is a science journalist with BuzzFeed News and data visualization instructor for Berkeley Advanced Media Institute. He also teaches data visualization at the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley, investigative reporting in the Science Communication Program at the UC Santa Cruz, and has developed online training materials in data visualization for the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
Peter got his start in journalism in 1989 as a reporter for Nature in London, fresh from a PhD in animal behavior. Later he worked as European correspondent for Science, news editor for New Scientistand chief news and features editor with Nature, before moving to California in 2005 to become New Scientist‘s San Francisco bureau chief. Peter works with free tools to ‘interview’ and visualize data – from scans of his own DNA to records of human conflict. His projects include web apps that have explored the local and global history of climate change, and the number of Earth-like planets in our galaxy. Peter’s articles have won awards from bodies including the Association of British Science Writers, the Society of Environmental Journalists, and the Wistar Institute.
- This is an advanced level workshop. Participants must have prior experience with data analysis. No previous coding expertise is required, but you should come prepared to learn how to turn questions about data into code. If you are comfortable writing Excel formulas, this is the next step.
- All participants must bring their own laptop for use during this workshop. It must be WiFi ready. Note that a Chromebook WILL NOT work and Lenovo laptops are known to be incompatible with some software used in this course.
- 2 weeks prior to the course, you will receive a preparation email with a list of software to install. It is reported that work laptops often do not allow new installation without admin permission. Some software even require up-to-date operating system to run. Thus, it is important to have everything installed in advance.
- If your laptop is not in working order during the workshop, you may rent one from us. The fee for rental is $45 per day (from 9AM – 4PM).
- Participants must be comfortable with technical subjects and learning in a fast-paced environment.
- Proficiency in English.
For beginners interested in learning the basics of data visualization please see Data Visualization for Storytellers.