data science, digital politics, smart cities...|jonathan.bright@oii.ox.ac.uk

Research Skills for the World of Big Data

Last week I finished teaching a five day workshop entitled ‘Research Skills for the World of Big Data’ at the EUI, which was kind of a follow up to a course I taught there in 2012. We had about 15 students along interested in learning how Python programming skills can help with social research. I really enjoyed teaching the workshop and the feedback was very positive (average evaluation 9.11 / 10). It is a big challenge to teach programming to beginners, especially social scientists who I think are used to different methods of learning. Nevertheless the students were committed and really smart which makes things easier. I learnt a lot doing the workshop and will improve a few things next time.