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Data Matters summer short courses to focus on data issues in business and research


Business managers, data analytics specialists, academic researchers, data center administrators and anyone else who grapples with big data are the target audience for a weeklong workshop series on data issues sponsored by the National Consortium for Data Science (NCDS), the Odum Institute for Social Science Research at UNC Chapel Hill, and the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI).



Data Matters, a summer workshop series on all things data, will be held June 23 – 27 at the Friday Center for Continuing Education, 100 Friday Center Drive, Chapel Hill. The workshop series will feature two-day courses on Monday and Tuesday and Thursday and Friday, and one-day courses on Wednesday.

Topics to be covered include strategies for managing big data, data management and analysis tools, using large-scale data networks, data mining and machine learning, data visualization, and predictive analysis. Instructors will include experts from SAS, Cisco, Duke University, UNC Chapel Hill, RENCI, Saffron Technologies, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Pennsylvania State University.

Early bird registration runs through May 12 and saves you $50 per day. In addition to the courses, registration includes: an evening kickoff reception at Top of the Hill in Chapel Hill on Monday, June 23; lunch each day plus a lunchtime speaker on Wednesday, June 25; and transportation between the Friday Center and the UNC campus for lab work for some courses.

Courses filling fast; register now to reserve your spot. Click here for course descriptions and registration information.


The National Consortium for Data Science formed in 2013 as a non-profit public-private partnership to advance the field of data science and address the data challenges of the 21st century. For more information, visit www.datascienceconsortium.org.

The Odum Institute for Research in Social Science provides a range of consulting services on quantitative and qualitative methods, GIS and spatial analysis, survey research, and data management. For more information, visit www.odum.unc.edu.

RENCI develops and deploys advanced computing, networking, and data technologies to enable research discoveries and business innovations. The institute is a collaborative effort involving UNC, Duke University and NC State University. For more information, visit www.renci.org.