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Data organization in spreadsheets for the Social Sciences

April 21, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Does data cleaning and formatting keep you up at night? Have you ever wondered about the basic principles of good data organization for spreadsheets? Set yourself up for success by attending this workshop.

Good data organization is the foundation of any research project. Most researchers have data in spreadsheets. So, it’s the place that many research projects start.

Typically, we organize data in spreadsheets in ways that we as humans want to work with the data. However computers require data to be organized in particular ways. In order to use tools that make computation more efficient, such as programming languages like R or Python, we need to structure our data the way that computers need the data. Since this is where most research projects start, this is where we want to start too!

This workshop is beginner friendly! No prior knowledge required to attend.

Pre-workshop setup:

Please complete the pre-workshop setup (https://ubc-library-rc.github.io/data-spreadsheets-social-sciences/) to install the software before the workshop.


If you have any questions, concerns, or accessibility needs, please email jess.yao@ubc.ca or vanessa.kitchin@ubc.ca

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