UVA DataFest!

ASA DataFestTM is coming to UVA! Over the weekend of March 18-20, student teams can compete in a data analysis challenge, working on a surprise data set. At the end of the weekend, teams will present their insights to a panel of judges, with prizes for Best Insight, Best Visualization, and Best Use of External Data. […]

Data Science Sponsored Courses

The Library’s Research Data Services will be offering 1-credit short courses again this spring in partnership with the Data Science Institute: Data Wrangling in R and Applied Causal Inference. The graduate-level short courses meet for 5 weeks, and are designed to provide some focused, hands-on training on different topics and tools; researchers from any discipline are […]

UVa Library Subscription to

The UVa Library has acquired an institution subscription to, a resource for high-quality online tutorials covering software, creative, and business skills. Quantitative researchers might be interested in their training resources for R, SPSS, Matlab, ArcGIS, and QuestionPro — all resources supported at UVa. Peruse a list of all of their offerings on their webpage: […]

New Data Science Courses

Sociology is offering a new undergraduate course this fall — Soc 3510: Topics in Applied Data Science: Networks & Society Adam Slez and Simone Polillo M,W 2:00-2:50 …Our learning goals include an understanding of the theory and general implications of network analysis, the ability to conduct basic empirical work in the area, and the development of […]

Software Carpentry Bootcamp

The UVa Library’s Research Data Services is partnering with the UVa Data Science Institute to host a software skills bootcamp for graduate students, postdocs, and other scientists on April 16-17, 2015. During the two-day bootcamp, participants will learn basic computing skills — using the Bash shell, version control with Git, computing and analysis with Python, […]

Welcome Pete and Yun

Pete Alonzi and Yun Tai joined the Library’s Research Data Services team this past October and we’re excited to have them! Pete is our Senior Research Data Scientist. A physicist from UVa, Pete is helping to build our computational (hello, C++ and Python!) and analytic support and help the library build the kind of infrastructure […]

Spring Workshops!

Check out the spring workshop lineup! We’ve got: On data visualization: Graphics in Stata and an Introduction to ggplot2, the popular graphics package in R. Introducing newer methodological approaches: Classification and Regression Trees and Social Network Analysis for Beginners. Reviewing some widely used approaches: Logit Models (and Friends) and Principle Components and Exploratory Factor Analysis […]

Data Visualization Short Course

Research Data Services is pleased to partner with the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy to co-sponsor a Data Visualization short course for graduate students in Spring 2015. Taught by Eric Field, from the School of Architecture, the 1-credit course (PPOL 6500-010) meets Fridays from 9:00-11:30 for five weeks, 2/20-3/27. “The class is about […]

Spring StatLab Courses in the Stats Department

The StatLab is teaching a 1-credit course in the Statistics department in the upcoming spring! It’s targeted at graduate students across the university; you don’t need to be in the stats department to join the fun! Stat 5559 Data Wrangling in R (1 credit, meets the first five weeks of the semester) Clay Ford M-W-F […]

Rivanna, UVa’s New HPC

The Data Science Institute hosted the launch of Rivanna, the University’s new Cray CS300AC, on Thursday, September 18. Rivanna is a 4800-core, high-speed interconnect cluster, with 1.4 PBs of storage available. Rivanna combines large amounts of processing with large amounts of memory to provide a significant new resource for data-intensive and computationally-intensive research at U.Va. […]