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Courses

Welcome to the School of Data courses. School of Data produces two types of material:

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Courses: explain why something is important and
help you to understand the basic decisions involved in picking particular
tools or approaches and where it is worth investing your time.

Recipes: explain how to do something and may
advocate using a particular tool or method to do so.

Data might sound scary sometimes – don’t worry, we’re there to guide you through! If you have any questions about the material, simply drop us a line via the mailing list_

.. _mailing list: http://lists.okfn.org/mailman/listinfo/school-of-data

Data Fundamentals

The Data Fundamental modules provide a solid overview over the workflow with data guiding you from what data is, to how to make your data tell a story. The courses listed below should be seen as a whole, a quick overview of the elements involved in working with data.

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A Gentle Introduction to Data Cleaning

This School of Data course is a gentle introduction to reducing errors by
cleaning data. It was created by the Tactical Technology Collective_ and
gives you a clear overview what can go wrong in spreadsheets and how to fix
it (if it does). Take this course if you want to learn why it is important
to clean data and how to do it.

.. _Tactical Technology Collective: http://tacticaltech.org

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A Gentle introduction to exploring and understanding data

The second course by Tactical Technology Collective <http://tacticaltech.org>_
shows how to use pivot tables to explore your data and gain insights
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    What if we told you, there is a quick way, your computer can help you to summarize and understand data? Wouldn’t this be great? Check this course to learn how to use pivot tables to do this!

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    School of Data Journalism

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    A Gentle Introduction to Geocoding

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    A Gentle Introduction to Extracting Data

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    Working with Budgets and Spending Data

    In this course, we will take you through the steps involved working with budget and spending data. In the process, you’ll learn how to wrangle and clean up some of the most common errors which we see in spending and budget data, as well as doing some dataset gymnastics, such as transposition and cleanup before creating a simple visualisation at the end.

    If you don’t have your data yet, or don’t have it in machine-readable format – take a look at the two courses above on extracting data, we start from cleaning up and formatting your data.

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