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Leeds Digital Festival 2018

The Leeds Digital Festival is a multi-venue, city-wide festival celebrating digital culture in all its forms, and the CDRC are pleased to be a part of it once again this year.  We will be a hosting a number of events throughout the two weeks (16-27 April), including the following training courses:


Introduction to R – 16th April, 13.00-16.00

R is an increasingly popular open source programming language and can be used in many different ways to manipulate and tidy data. In this half-day course provided by the Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC) in Leeds, you will have the opportunity to work within the R ‘ecosystem’ to import, clean, manipulate and visualize real world data. No prior experience with R required.

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Building Simple Smartphone Apps Without Coding (same course running on 19th and 23rd April), 9.00-12.30

Ever wanted to learn more about how mobile applications can be built? Do you have questions about how mobile apps can gather the data you need? Hosted by the Consumer Data Research Centre, this course presented by Dr Chris Birchall from University of Leeds School of Media & Communication, will take an introductory look at some of the alternative routes that exist to create mobile content without pre-existing coding skills. Participants will be able to experiment with ways to create the mobile functionality that they need, working with Software such as MIT AppInventor and tools, such as PhoneGap. No prior experience in digital creation is necessary.

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R for Transport Applications: Handling Big Data in a Spatial World – 26-27 April 

Delivered by Dr Robin Lovelace of the Leeds Institute for Transport Studies, this 2 day course teaches two skill-sets that are fundamental in modern transport research: programming and data analytics, with a focus on spatial data. Combining these enables powerful transport planning and analysis workflows for tackling a wide range of problems, including: how to effectively handle large transport datasets and where to locate new transport infrastructure. The first day will focus on how the R language works, general concepts in efficient R programming, and spatial and non-spatial data classes in R; the second day will cover its application to geographical transport datasets.

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It’s not just us though, CDRC friends and partners across the city are hosting a range of events which may also be of interest to you:

ODI Leeds – the team at ODI Leeds will be starting the week with the ODI Leeds Showcase, hosting their data science training and will be ending the festival with the ODI Leeds Open House.  You can find out more about their full programme of events on the ODI Leeds website.

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