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Data skills – where to begin and where to go next?

Data skills sessions have been one of the most popular tracks on Dataharvest. However, the choice is rich and not everybody knows exactly what to learn, especially if you are just beginning. To make this easier on you, we have put together three tracks with a selection of sessions for you to follow: 2 days’ introduction for beginners, 1 day programming or 1 day of web development. You are of course also welcome to just snack what you like!

1: Introduction to data analysis for journalists

Totally new to data? Consider joining our 2 day “Introduction to data analysis for journalists” track.

On Friday, our two senior data editors will gently get you into a data state of mind using Excel. On Saturday,we’ll still keep it basic, but we will throw in a couple of more pieces of software: a database explorer for merging data, tools for scraping, introduction to statistics and Open Refine as a powerful data cleaning tool.

2: Web development for journalists

Curious about what web technologies can do for your story? In three sessions on Saturday our trainers will show you how to Javascript. Be sure to grab the HTML/ CSS session on Friday if you are completely new to this! Or just grab the first session and learn the basics of data visualization with existing free software.

3: Programming

Are you already familiar with the basics of data analysis and want to start learning how to automate your process? Friday you can chose to either attend R or Python. They both have a different curriculum. Have a look on the schedule for details!

Missed any sessions? Don’t worry. The most popular ones will be repeated on Sunday. Therefore: let us know what you like by saving sessions in your Sched schedule!

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