What if programming and data science was something everybody learned? As part of the Community Data Science Workshops, more than 50 volunteers have taught than 200 complete beginners the basics of Python and data analysis in a series of 4-day workshops. We’ll talk about our approach and describe the successes and challenges of approaching Python and data science as basic literacies. This talk will describe the approach we have taken to refine our material over the three times we have run the workshops and will share details of our experience. CDSW’s organizers are professional programmers and data scientists and several of us have experience teaching data science in more traditional university and corporate settings. “Our talk will describe how “democratized” data science is similar to — and sometimes extremely different from — these more traditional approaches.”
The workshops are for people with no previous programming experience. The goal is to bring together both researchers and academics as well as participants and leaders in online communities. The workshops have all been free of charge and are open to the public.