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Hacking for Human Rights, Remaining Fall Data Workshops, Statlab Blog, Research Data Services is Here for YOU!
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Hacking for Human Rights 

Want to use and develop your data science skills while helping a humanitarian NGO? We've got just the thing: a hackathon with Save the Children, UVA's School of Data Science, and Batten's Global Policy Center.

Save the Children International's Migration and Displacement Initiative (MDI) is working to predict the scale and duration of conflict-driven displacement crises, and early prototyping identified infrastructure damage as a strong predictor. But there's no systematic source for this measure... so UVA's School of Data Science is hosting a hackathon to explore and prototype options for generating infrastructure damage values that can be used as part of MDI’s predictive analytics model. 

Open to all UVA students, teams will have two weeks to generate a method to measure the extent of infrastructure damage in a region using land-satellite images and/or text from wire news services, NGO reports, and social media. Come practice your image or text analysis skills. Learn more and register at the SDSs event page!

Upcoming Fall Workshops!

We've still got fall workshops coming up and our Research Computing colleagues have added some new offerings! Upcoming sessions include:

  • Data Visualization in Python (10/9)
  • Data Science with Matlab (10/9)
  • Using Dedoose for Qualitative Data (10/12)
  • Scientific Writing with LaTeX/Overleaf (10/14)
  • Data Visualization in R (10/16)
  • Customizing Shiny Apps (10/21)
  • Using Julia on Rivanna (10/23)
  • Tensorflow - Turning the Knobs (10/29)
  • Automation of Image Processing with Fiji/ImageJ & Omero (11/12)

Workshops are free and all are welcome! Find the full schedule and register here.


Plus, our colleagues in HSL are hosting two workshops from the National Center for Biotechnolgy Information:

  • An Update on NCBI BLAST and Other Sequence Analysis Tools (11/12 1-4pm),  Register
  • NCBI Resources for Pathogen (Bacteria & Virus) Genomics Research (11/9 1-4pm)  Register

Statlab Blog

The StatLab has been publishing short online articles on various statistical topics for a few years. We have nearly 70 instructional posts so far, posts that aim to provide clear and accessible explanations of concepts that are sometimes hard to grasp. The articles revolve around data wrangling, statistical methods, data visualization, and text analysis. Topics added this year include explanations of multinomial modelsregular expressionslearning Shinyunderstanding databases (and using databases with R). Have a look at the collection and we hope you find these useful!

Research Data Services is Here for You! 
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