Spark! Civic Tech Toolkit Workshop

CDS DS 292

  • The Individual in Community

This workshop introduces students to a variety of data sources and methodologies applicable for studying questions around civic life in a variety of settings e.g. elections, housing, policing, economic development, and more. While we will primarily focus on data used in the United States (including U.S. Census data, voter files, and other public records), these skills are applicable to civic research globally. We will also learn how to conduct analysis from start (a vague question or assignment) to finish (a rigorous and careful analysis that acknowledges its limitations). This course is taught using both R and Python; students must possess the ability to manipulate and analyze data in one of these languages. This course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: The Individual in Community.

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