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22 October - 13 November
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You say day-tah, I say dah-tah: Learn to code by exploring regional language variation

My local area theme

What’s on offer?

This workshop has three key components: two short videos with supplementary online coding through a Jupyter Notebook, an open online resource widely used in data science education.

  • The first video, lasting no more than 15 minutes, provides an introduction to data science for beginners / a younger audience. This video will answer questions about what a data scientist does in practice – how they collect, clean, analyse and disseminate data – and provide insight into how commercial data can be used for the public good, which is the core ethos of the CDRC. It will also answer questions about what data is and where it comes from, including information on the sorts of data CDRC analyses.
  • The second video will be a recorded data science workshop / tutorial. It will involve one of our data scientists running through a piece of data analysis that the viewer can follow along with at home on their web browser as a practical example. It will take no more than 20 minutes to watch and viewers can work through the practical at home at their own pace.

We will provide a worksheet through Jupyter Notebooks with a full written walk-through and Python code. The data used for this data analysis practical will come from public Twitter accounts of regional organisations, and will allow attendees to build their own code to analyse regional language variations across the UK.

This will be an introductory level where participants can follow along, write their own first piece of code and include signposted blocks of code the participant can alter to see how outputs change. Whether the attendee is interested in building their coding skills further using a different sort of data set, or has never looked at code before, this will be an excellent opportunity to get a hands-on introduction to ethical data research.

What’s it about?

As an attendee, you will receive a friendly introduction to data science and the processes behind data analysis. You’ll also see how data can come from anywhere: including how people talk to each other on Twitter! By using everyday data and building analysis skills up from beginner level, this workshop will demystify what data analysis looks like and, hopefully, make it much less scary. You’ll learn about the ethics and methods of data analysis, who usually handles data, and how data is created in the real world every day.

Our recorded workshop, focussed around the festival theme of ‘my local area’, gives attendees the opportunity to put their new data science skills to practice by exploring by exploring regional language variation. At the end of the session, you may even want to hear more about the short courses run by CDRC that can grow your data analysis skills even further.

Who’s leading the event?

The event will be run jointly by Dustin Foley (Research Data Scientist) and Ryan Urquhart (Data Scientist Teaching Fellow), who work at Consumer Data Research Centre at the University of Leeds.

Open to

Our workshop activities are aimed at adults and young people who have little to no understanding of data analysis. This might include teenagers and young people, but would also be appealing to adults, especially career changers. People of any age are welcome to attend. We will explain fully the processes of data analysis and what it looks like, and will guide you through the interactive online notebook where you will be able to write your first piece of code!

Of particular interest to

The workshop will be most appealing to anyone who is beginning to develop an interest in data science, and how it might be applied to any other field of their choice. The focus of the session will largely be on the data processes, code, and ethical considerations involved in being a data scientist. However, because the data we will be using focuses on regional linguistic differences, attendees may also be interested in language, history, human geography, and social networks. We want to demonstrate that data analysis can have a wide variety of applications!

Event Booking details

Attendees will need to register to get access to the notebook and video content. Online booking coming soon.

Scheduling information

Material will be available online for the entirety of the festival.