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 Research Data & Digital Scholarship Librarians

The Research Data & Digital Scholarship unit within the Penn Libraries facilitates data-driven and data-literate research and scholarship across the disciplines, and fosters informed and ethical data communities at Penn. The RDDS has specialists in GIS & mapping, data management, data sharing, data science, natural language processing, digital humanities, multi-modal digital publishing, qualitative data, and digital projects. These include 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 R Penn Group, Python User Group, and the Mapping GIS Groups are free, open spaces for anyone on campus to gather and work through our coding projects, assignments, or online course material (Ask about the Free DataQuest membership with learning paths and projects on Data Science, Statistical Analysis and more!)

Take advantage of their expertise by:

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