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Data Matters™ is a week-long series of virtual one and two-day courses aimed at students and professionals in business, research, and government. The short course series is sponsored by the Odum Institute for Research in Social Science at UNC-Chapel Hill, the National Consortium for Data Science and RENCI. Data Matters gives students the chance to learn about a wide range of topics in data science, analytics, visualization, curation, and more from expert instructors. Registration is now open; reserve your spot now!

August 9 - 13, 2021



COVID-19 Update:

Course Schedule

For more information on the series, including instructor bios and course descriptions, please visit the main Data Matters website.

August 9 - 10
Monday - Tuesday
August 11
August 12 - 13
Thursday - Friday
Intro to Effective Info Visualization
Maximum: 40
Eric Monson, Duke Univ.
Exploratory Data Analysis Using R Markdown
Maximum: 30
Jonathan Duggins, NC State
Introduction to Deep Learning with Python
Maximum: 30
Ashok Krishnamurthy, UNC
Basics of R for Data Science and Statistics
Maximum: 30
Justin Post, NC State
Improving R Programs
Maximum: 30
Justin Post, NC State
Introduction to Statistical Machine Learning Using R
Maximum: 30
Yufeng Liu, UNC
Introduction to Programming in R
Maximum: 30
Jonathan Duggins, NC State
Intermediate Python
Maximum: 35
Jason Carter, UNC
R For Automating Workflow & Sharing Work
Maximum: 30
Justin Post, NC State
Intro to Programming Using Python
Maximum: 30
Jason Carter, UNC
Using Linked Data
Maximum: 30
Jim Balhoff, UNC
Visualization for Data Science Using R
Maximum: 30
Angela Zoss, Duke Univ.
Text Analysis Using R
Maximum: 30
Alison Blaine, Red Hat

Daily Schedule

Session 1: 9:30 – 10:40 a.m.
Break: 10:40 – 10:50 a.m.
Session 2: 10:50 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Lunch: 12:00 – 1:15 p.m.
Session 3: 1:15 – 2:25 p.m.
Break: 2:25 – 2:35 p.m.
Session 4: 2:35 – 3:45 p.m.
Q&A and Feedback: 3:45 – 4:00 p.m.

Registration and Pricing

A few words about pricing and payment methods:

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We appreciate your understanding that we are only able to offer deeply discounted prices for current university students and employees. ***Note: Group discounts are NOT available for any pricing tier.***

University Pricing:

  • $150 for each two-day class
  • $75 for a one-day class

To register for university prices, please enroll with a .edu email address or contact us for confirmation that you qualify for this rate. To qualify for this rate, you must be a currently enrolled student, staff, or faculty member.

UNC-Chapel Hill Registrants: We can now access a P-card for payment of your Data Matters classes, as well as an interdepartmental transfer (contact us for chartfield string info).

Corporation Pricing:

  • Flat fee of $400


  • $150 for each two-day class
  • $75 for a one-day class

Non-Profit or Government (Non-University) Pricing:

  • Flat fee of $200


  • $150 for each two-day class
  • $75 for a one-day class

Note: You may only register for one course per block.
Credit card payments must be applied at the time of your registration.

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