Apply now for the 2018 Data Science and Visualization Institute for Librarians

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Applications are now open for the 2018 Data Science and Visualization Institute for Librarians, (DSVIL) a week-long course for librarians who are passionate about research and scholarship to immerse themselves in learning about data science and visualization in collaboration with academic peers. Hosted by the NCSU Libraries and held in the renowned collaboration and visualization spaces of the James B. Hunt Jr. Library at NC State University, DSVIL helps attendees develop knowledge, skills, and confidence to communicate effectively with researchers about their data.

Attendees will experience immersive learning about data science and visualization in collaboration with academic peers through interactive sessions led by expert instructors and focused on mastery of core concepts. Emphasis will be placed on hands-on exposure to selective open source, highly used commercial tools, and the sharing of practices and experiences across institutions.

Sessions will address topics such as:

  • Data Exploration and Analysis
  • Data Visualization
  • Data Cleaning and Preparation
  • Web Scraping
  • Parsing HTML & JSON, Orchestrating APIs, and Gathering Twitter Streams
  • Bibliometric Network Analysis
  • Data Description, Sharing, and Reuse

Visit the DSVIL site to see a full schedule of sessions.

Apply by midnight on Feb. 9, 2018. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status no later than March 1, 2018. Tuition is $2,500 per person which covers instruction, breakfasts and lunches each day, and one evening reception during the week. Tuition does not include travel and lodging expenses.

“There are a bajillion different conferences and meetings full of people talking in circles about what to do about data,” says Juliane Schneider, Lead Data Curator for Harvard Catalyst. “There are far fewer opportunities for collaborative learning and skill-building to facilitate the ability to do something. At DSVIL, we'll learn the skills to be able to do.” Schneider is this year’s keynote speaker and will help run the OpenRefine session at DSVIL 2018.

Computer programming and data analysis experience is not required to attend. Participants should be comfortable using common office and Google applications and be familiar with PC and Mac environments.​

DSVIL is co-presented by the NCSU Libraries, the Coalition for Networked Information, Data Science Training for Librarians, and Library Carpentry.