Details

What to expect:
The course will be informal. There will be flexibility on the times depending on the needs/wishes of the participants. Use cases and problems covered in the course will have an astrophysics focus but other sources outside astrophysics will be covered. You should at least have a basic knowledge of HTML and have coded a little.

Lead Instructor/Teaching Assistants:
Christopher Erdmann, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Jennifer Prentice, Simmons GSLIS
Louise Rubin, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Speakers:
Rahul Dave, Seth Woodworth, James Turk, Tom Morris, David Dietrich, Alex Storer, Erin Braswell, Jay Luker, Matt Carroll
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Participants:
See participants page (instructors included)

Location:
Harvard-Smithsonian CfA, John G. Wolbach Library, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA

Course Resources:
Course kit (Login required to access full kit)
Syllabus
Twitter archive
Data stories

Dates/Times:
January 31-May 30, 2013
Thursdays 4-6, Saturdays 10-2

General Course Outline:

  • Overview
  • Data Sources
  • Data Extraction
  • Data Cleansing
  • Sharing
  • Presentation
  • Visualization
  • Advanced Topics

Technologies covered:
Python, iPython, HTML/Javascript, Sublime Text, Regex, SQL, SQLShare, OpenRefine (aka Google Refine), DataWrangler, Fusion Tables/Charts, BibSoup, ScraperWiki, Dataverse, FigShare, R, RStudio, Tableau, D3, WordPress, NoSQL/MongoDB, Solr, Hadoop, MapReduce, Logstash