Bootcamps

During the Fall semester we offer a series of workshop-style bootcamps to offer students a chance to learn new data skills just in time for the Data Dive. We also offer bootcamps during the Winter semester that are designed for exploring other data related topics.

Our bootcamps are open to anyone, so please feel free to come and join us! This is also a great opportunity to talk to the organizers if you have any questions about Data Dive itself.

If you have questions about our bootcamps or want to suggest a topic, email us at datadiveorganizers@umich.edu.

 

Winter 2017 Bootcamps

Information Visualization Bootcamp with Justin Joque
Friday, March 31, 12-1pm in NQ 2245
Data visualization offers a powerful set of tools for understanding data and communicating about it. This bootcamp will cover data visualization concepts and best practices in order to learn how best to explore and communicate complex types of data. It will introduce methods and suggest tools for working with data and creating visualizations. No prior experience is necessary.

Justin Schell presents A2 Data Rescue
Thursday, March 16, 12-1pm in NQ 1255
Justin Schell, Director of the Shapiro Design Lab at the University of Michigan Library will talk about the recent A2DataRescue effort, which is part of the national Data Refuge project. He will discuss the background and importance of the project, common tools and techniques used at the Ann Arbor event and others around the country, and how it fits into the larger impact of Data Refuge.

Fall 2016 Bootcamps

Data Cleaning with R
Tuesday, November 8, 12-1 pm in NQ 2185
In this session, we will explore a “cookbook” of “recipes” for common data cleaning and wrangling tasks, specifically geared toward preparing your client’s raw data for the data dive. We will specifically focus on using R/RStudio and a variety of common R libraries to execute recipes for merging datasets, cleaning and rearranging text fields, pivoting/reshaping data, summarizing by groups, handling categorical data, creating indicator variables, scaling quantitative variables, and other tasks requested in the pre-bootcamp survey. If we have time, we will also look at some quick, useful exploratory data analysis tools in R.

If you are attending this session, please share what your needs are by filling out this 30-second survey. Please also download RStudio before the session.

Visualization with Tableau 
Wednesday, November 2, 12-1pm in NQ 1255
This bootcamp is hosted by MSI student Josh Gardner. We’ll cover the process of loading, analyzing, and visualizing data in Tableau, introducing the Tableau interface and how to connect it to data, with guidance and suggestions on preparing high-impact visualizations and dashboards with Tableau. Following this are topics that might be of special interest to Data Divers, including dealing with different data types/formats, summarizing data within Tableau, filtering, using categorical data, and replicating the same visualization/dashboard for multiple datasets. There will be sample data to get everyone started, but participants should also feel free to bring their own data and explore that if they prefer. For download instructions, visit Installing Tableau.

MS Excel
Wednesday, October 26, 12-1pm in NQ 1255
This first session is on the many wonders of Excel, starting from the ground up. We’ll cover everything from sorting to pivot tables and all that’s in between and then give you a chance to work with some data sets while we are there to answer questions.  (presented in partnership with SOIAR)

 

Winter 2016 Bootcamps

Getting Started with Data
Monday, April 4 12-1pm in the UMSI Engagement Center*
Are you eager to work with a data set, but don’t know where to begin? Are you having trouble charting your analysis journey? Look no further! Emily Blasczyk, MS, from the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research, will discuss considerations to make when starting to data work and basic approaches to get the data one needs from the data one has. Learn about data management, survey methodology, creating proxy variables, and more!

Data Munging with the Detroit Ledger
Wednesday, February 24 12pm-1pm in NQ 2145
Have you ever come across a data source on the Internet that was a bit too complex to cut and paste into a spreadsheet? Learn the basics of reading and processing data using Javascript with the Detroit Ledger team. The Ledger provides a picture of Detroit’s nonprofit landscape through data on grants and funders — explore at detroitledger.org.

Data Driven Detroit Presents City Data Portals
Thursday, February 11 11:30am-1pm in NQ 2255
Learn how to access and make use of the Detroit data portals, including integration with Google Maps tools from our partners at Data Driven Detroit. Data Driven Detroit (D3) is a unique data hub for community groups, governments, foundations and other organizations in need of reliable data to help them make well-informed decisions about the future of Detroit and the surrounding region. This bootcamp is co-sponsored by Citizen Interaction Design.

Fall 2015 Bootcamps

Data Exploration with R & RStudio
Wednesday, November 11 12-1pm, NQ 2185
This bootcamp is hosted by PhD candidate Youyang Hou. R is an open-source language useful for data manipulation and statistical analyses. Increasingly popular among data scientists, R is a powerful language that is still accessible enough for beginning programmers to wade into. Join us for a one-hour session to get started using R to do exploratory data analysis. As with all of the bootcamps, we will start with the very basics, walk through some hands-on examples, and give you some hints to keep exploring on your own. For download instructions, visit Downloading R and RStudio.

Visualization with Tableau
Thursday, November 5 4-5pm in NQ 1255
This bootcamp is hosted by Data Dive Client Team member and MSI student Josh Gardner. We’ll cover the process of loading, analyzing, and visualizing data in Tableau, introducing the Tableau interface and how to connect it to data, with guidance and suggestions on preparing high-impact visualizations and dashboards with Tableau. Following this are topics that might be of special interest to Data Divers, including dealing with different data types/formats, summarizing data within Tableau, filtering, using categorical data, and replicating the same visualization/dashboard for multiple datasets. There will be sample data to get everyone started, but participants should also feel free to bring their own data and explore that if they prefer. For download instructions, visit Installing Tableau. Get the data here.

SQL
Wednesday, October 7 12-1pm in the UMSI Engagement Center*
This bootcamp is co-hosted by A2 Data Dive and SOIAR, who will be on hand to introduce you to SQL! SQL is a special-purpose programming language designed for managing relational data.
Join us for a one-hour session to discuss the basics of SQL and how to get started writing your own SQL queries — so bring your laptop! SQL was written specifically for non-programmers; hence, its syntax is very close to English, so non-programmers should pick it up comfortably.

Winter 2015 Bootcamps

Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
Tuesday, March 31, 12-1pm in NQ 2185 
In this bootcamp, Dr. Rob Goodspeed, Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at U-M’s Taubman College of Architecture and Planning, will lead us through the basics of GIS tools. We will also get practical experience with QGIS, a free and open-source geographic information system tool.

Data Therapy
Thursday, February 26th, 2-5pm in Space 2435 (North Quad)
Data therapy is about making data fun and accessible for anyone. This event is inspired by the awesome work happening at MIT’s Center for Civic Media. Join us and get your creative juices flowing as we remix data and create hands-on visualizations using UMSI employment reports. Then, show off your work on our collaborative digital mural. This bootcamp is hosted in collaboration with Michigan Makers.

Data Storytelling
Wednesday, January 28th, 12pm-1pm in NQ 2255
UMSI Alumna Priya Kumar, who’s tailored specialization was Data Storytelling will present her work and discuss techniques for presenting the results of data analysis/visualization to a client or in your portfolio.

Fall 2014 Bootcamps

Data Visualization
Thursday October 23, 12-1pm in NQ 1255
This final installment is on data visualization. We’ll be doing an introductory session to help get you started working with some of the popular data visualization tools out there, including Tableau Public.

Statistics
Thursday, October 9, 12-1pm in NQ 1255
We will be covering exciting topics like how to install R and RStudio, what R actually is, descriptive statistics, why they are important and how you might want to use them, making simple plots and handling outliers in your datasets.

MS Excel
Thursday, September 25, 12-1pm in NQ 1255
This first session is on the many wonders of Excel, starting from the ground up. We’ll cover everything from sorting to pivot tables and all that’s in between and then give you a chance to work with some data sets while we are there to answer questions.