Upcoming Spring Research Data Workshops, Data Science for the Public Good, Tableau Users Group Meeting, Gallup World Poll Microdata
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Spring 2019 Workshops

Our spring 2019 workshops are on the calendar! Click here to see the full list and to register. We’re excited about some new content and sequences we’ve got planned for the spring, including
  • Data Science Essentials in R, a coordinated series of R workshops intended to walk through the key steps of data science work: Introduction to R, Data preparation, Data Visualization, Linear Modeling, Visualizing Models & Communicating Results, and Interactive Web Apps with Shiny. Come join us Tuesdays from 10-12 (1/22 - 2/26)!
  • A three part series of Python workshops — Introduction to Python (twice), Data preparation in Python, and Machine learning in Python.
  • A new two-part series on information design — Information Design for Impact, offering graphic design concepts and expertise, and Information Design in Adobe Illustrator, providing hands-on training in making excellent visual presentations.
  • A new research series to support a project through a sequence of activities — Funding Discovery to find resources for research; Introduction and Advanced Zotero to manage literature, organize files, collaborate and create; Introduction to LaTeX and Overleaf, an online and collaborative LaTeX editor; and for the non-TeX lovers, MS Word for Theses and Long Documents, to help folks use Word more productively to organize those book-length projects; plus the aforementioned Information Design series, to help make your work stand out!
And so much more! Check out our full list of workshops. All are welcome! And Be sure to check out additional workshops and training offered by the UVA Library, by the Library's Scholars' Lab, and by our partner organizations in CADRE.
Data Science for the Public Good 2019
The Social & Decision Analytics Division, part of UVA's new Biocomplexity Institute & Initiative, is seeking applications for graduate fellows and undergraduate interns for its Data Science for Public Good (DSPG) program. If you're interested in learning and using data science to address complex problems proposed by local, state, and federal agencies, this program may be for you! The DSPG program runs for 11 weeks (May 28 - August 9) for graduate fellows and 10 weeks (June 3 – August 9) for undergraduate interns, and applications are due January 31. Learn more about the program at
New UVa Tableau Users Group 

Are you a Tableau user, or just Tableau-curious? If so, you should attend the inaugural UVa Tableau Users Group meeting on January 23 at 4:30! This meeting is open to all UVa and community users of Tableau. We will discuss best practices, new features, build a community with which to share ideas and techniques, and get data geeky. We will have Tableau experts here to discuss the new Tableau Prep Software and will feature user projects. Please register for this event here.


Announcing Gallup World Poll Microdata

UVA Library has offered access to Gallup opinion poll data through the user-friendly Gallup Analytics database. Now, UVA Library also offers access to Gallup World Poll and US Daily Tracker data at the respondent level, giving researchers the ability to perform statistical analysis of polling data across countries and time. Gallip polls include questions about economic confidence, quality of life, religion, politics, and more. Learn more about requesting access to the microdata. Questions?  Contact
Meet Your RDS Associate Director, Campus-Wide Partnerships & Services

Ricky Patterson is the Associate Director for Campus-Wide Partnerships and Services in Research Data Services and Social, Natural and Engineering Sciences. He joined the Library full time in 2015, and serves as the liaison for Astronomy, Environmental Sciences, Mathematics, and Physics. In addition to these departments, he also supports LaTeX users across UVA, particularly on the collaborative Overleaf platform. He works with other members of CADRE to support research computing users at UVA, and with other members of Research Data Services to support researchers working with data acquisition, management, or archiving and sharing. You can find Ricky in the Brown Science and Engineering Library, or email him at
Before joining the library, Ricky was a Senior Scientist in the Astronomy Department, where he spent two decades investigating the structure and evolution of the Milky Way. In his free time you'll find Ricky on Observatory Mountain, taking weather observations for the National Weather Service, walking with his dog, or researching the history of McCormick Observatory.

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