From data wrangling to analysis and visualization, Penn offers a wide variety of resources and research opportunities to help one get started. Below lists some of the resources available.

Labs and Centers Using Data Science:

Groups for the Penn Community:

  • Penn Data Science Group (PDSG) is a social and professional community for students to exchange ideas, connect with industry professionals and develop the skills needed to have a successful data science career
  • Penn Libraries Mapping and GIS club (PennMGIS) meets on the 3rd Thursday of every month and features workshops, talks, and discussions during the first hour, followed by co-working and collaborative projects in the second hour. All at any level or skill are welcome.
  • Python Users Group (PUG@Penn) meets on the 1st Thursday of every month and is a drop-in, informal, collaboratively-oriented group that can help you get started on a new project, troubleshoot a current one, or discuss and learn about useful Python tools, applications, and libraries. All at any level or skill are welcome.
  • R Penn Group meets on the 2nd Thursday of every month and is a group that meets to discuss, learn, and collaborate on topics and projects related to statistics, mapping, data wrangling, visualization, and analysis with R programming language through hands-on problem-solving. These two hours will be reserved for co-working and collaborative study with your peers. Bring your own laptops. Students, staff, and faculty of University of Pennsylvania at any level of skill are welcome in R Penn Group.

Penn Libraries Resources:

  • Data services for extracting, scraping and managing data, working with GIS and mapping data, to helping work with and create visualizations. They also provide services to find datasets that others have collected.
  • The Data Planning & Management provides a list of best practices in data management from file organization to security and archiving data. Individual appointments for assistance are available.
  • A guide to working with GIS data, ArcGIS, mapping, and statistical analyses used.
  • How to find and use population data from the U.S. Census Bureau

Data Events and Workshops


  • Lauris Olson: Librarian & Coordinator, Social Sciences Collection can assist with information about data users and datasets on campus for research and instructional purposes in sociology, political science, economics, linguistics, criminology, and related fields
  • Manuel de la Cruz Gutierrez: Director of Data & Innovation Services at the Biotech Commons
  • Nicky Agate: Snyder-Granader Assistant University Librarian for Research Data & Digital Scholarship, supporting faculty and students whose research makes intensive use of digital methods and tools, including research data across the discipline

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