Resources

A repository for useful data science, project management, and professional development resources

Prize Opportunities

One way to use Discovery Exchange is to find teammates to work on contest submissions. We'll keep this post updated with upcoming prize opportunities- if one gets you inspired, create a project and find teammates! 

Big Ideas Contest 

Big Ideas is an annual contest aimed at providing funding, support, and encouragement to interdisciplinary teams of students who have “big ideas.” Since its founding in 2006, Big Ideas has inspired innovative and high-impact student-led projects aimed at solving problems that matter to this generation.

Big Ideas supports students at the very early stages of developing their ideas. Often, students who compete in Big Ideas have never entered an innovation contest or written a real-world proposal. The Contest challenges students to step outside of their traditional university-based academic work, take a risk, and use their education, passion, and skills to work on problems important to them.

In running the contest over the years, we’ve learned how to provide the support students need to turn their ideas into action. Most importantly, Big Ideas is designed as a year-long process. Through training and mentoring, students develop the skills necessary to plan, launch and manage for success. These include critical thinking, market analysis, team-building and presentation skills. Students enter the contest with creative ideas for social impact, and Big Ideas provides the resources that enable the students to make their project ideas concrete, feasible, and scalable.

Unlike traditional business plan competitions which are designed to vet for-profit companies, the ultimate goal of Big Ideas is to support students in making social change—whether through for-profit endeavors, non-profits, or small ad-hoc teams. Critically, Big Ideas promotes autonomy, initiative, and teamwork early in students’ careers, broadening their understanding of how they can use their education and interests to improve society.

By leveraging the creativity of students and the power of competition to drive innovation, Big Ideas creates lasting, positive and impactful social change—empowering a new generation of social innovators.

Research Resources

Research Resources

Programming Resources

Free Google Courses on Python 

Free Kaggle Courses and Tutorials 

Udemy Free R Course

 

Research Resources

Git and Relational Database Resources

MySQL Tutorial

Git

Research Resources

Beginner-Advanced Data Science Resources

IBM Data Course

Coursera Courses

Research Resources

Data Visualization Resources

Tableau

Research Resources

Statistical Analysis Resources

SAS Courses

Research Resources

Possible Data Sources

Here are some popular data sources that you could use as inspiration for your projects. 

Compilations of Popular Sources: 

https://www.kdnuggets.com/2017/12/big-data-free-sources.html

https://www.columnfivemedia.com/100-best-free-data-sources-infographic

https://www.kaggle.com/

Health:

Immunizations, Vaccines, and Biologicals: https://www.who.int/immunization/monitoring_surveillance/data/en/

Polio Immunization coverage estimates by country: http://apps.who.int/gho/data/node.main.A831?lang=en

https://www.unicef.org/statistics/ - UNICEF

https://www.healthdata.gov/ - Health data 

Civic Sources 

https://www.data.gov/

https://www.congress.gov (Bills cycle, congressional activity etc)

http://clerk.house.gov/public_disc

https://www.senate.gov/legislative/lobbyingdisc.htm#lobbyingdisc=fec

https://www.oge.gov

https://cbo.gov/cost-estimates

https://www.whitehouse.gov/

https://www.archives.gov/presidential-libraries

https://www.archives.gov/presidential-libraries/archived-websites

https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collection.action?collectionCode=CPD

https://www.opensecrets.org/elections/

http://politicalpartytime.org

https://www.fcc.gov

https://www.fda.gov

https://www.epa.gov

https://www.sec.gov

https://www.ssa.gov

 

 

Workshops

Workshops

Overview

Workshop List

Content Slides and Recording
Orientation Page
How to Fail Page
Project Design, Design Justice & Problem Definition Page
Version Control & Documentation Page
Conflict Resolution Page
Team Leadership Page
Communication Page
How is Data Made, Biased Page
Communicating Results & Visualizing Bias Page
How to Do a Passion Project Page
Interactive Web-Based Visualizations Page
How to Talk about Data to Non-Data Scientists Page
End to End Walkthrough Page

Advising

Advising

Peer Advisors

Peer Advisors

Peer Advisors complement the Data Science Advising services by sharing their diverse knowledge of and experiences with major courses, different Data Science Major domain emphases, extracurriculars and student groups on campus, research opportunities, and various campus resources.

Advising

D-Lab Advisors

D-Lab Advisors

D-Lab offers consulting services on research design, data analysis, data management, and related techniques and technologies. We welcome inquiries from Berkeley faculty, staff, postdocs, and grad students at all levels of expertise. Our standard consulting services are free of charge. In general, we provide consulting for you at your research stage, NOT for coursework. Please use your TAs for support specific to individual classes or assignments.

Advising

Technical Resources

Team Github

We currently have a DS-Discovery Github organization, which gives us access to the Github Teams infrastructure. This offers version control, source code management and allows you to manage permissions on project code access, enhancing flexibility in development. For code-intensive and/or multi-semester projects, we especially recommend the use of Github, since it allows the team to collaborate easily, makes it easier to onboard new researchers if they change from semester to semester, and also helps our peer consultants to easily debug code. If you would like to create a Github team, please email ds-discovery@berkeley.edu, with title of your project and Github usernames of your researchers, with the subject line “Github Team Setup”

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