Fourth annual Data Matters™ Short Court Series offers a wide range of topics for 2017

Calling all researchers who manage, share, analyze and archive large or complicated data sets, business professionals struggling to stay afloat in the data deluge, data analysts looking to sharpen their skills, and students interested in the hot field of data science. The five-day Data Matters Short Course series is here to help and give you the knowledge you need to thrive in our data rich world.

Now in its fourth year, Data Matters is sponsored by the National Consortium for Data Science (NCDS) the Data Science Initiative at NC State University, the Odum Institute for Research in Social Science at UNC Chapel Hill, and RENCI.

This year’s Data Matters will be held August 7-11 at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library on NC State’s Centennial Campus.

Data Matters will feature courses on topics such as using the R software environment, machine learning, and geospatial analytics. Participants can register for up to three classes, including two-day courses held on Monday/Tuesday and Thursday/Friday and one-day courses held on Wednesday. Course instructors include field experts from UNC Greensboro, NC State, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC’s Odum Institute, Arizona State University, RENCI and Duke University. Faculty students and staff with academic institutions can register for the entire week for the reduced price of $275. Participants who work for NCDS member organizations also are eligible for discounts.

Head to the Data Matters website to register and to see detailed course descriptions, course schedules, instructor bios, and logistical information.


The National Consortium for Data Science formed in 2013 as a public-private partnership to advance the field of data science and address the data challenges of the 21st century. For more information, visit

The Odum Institute for Research in Social Science provides a range of consulting services on quantitative and qualitative methods, GIS and spatial analysis, survey research, and data management. For more information, visit

RENCI develops and deploys advanced computing, networking, and data technologies to enable research discoveries and business innovations. The institute is a collaborative effort involving UNC, Duke University and NC State University. For more information, visit

The Data Science Initiative (DSI) is sponsored by the Office of Research, Innovation and Economic Development at NC State University to create a nationally recognized hub of excellence in data science and analytics. DSI seeks to enhance internal capabilities and better enable faculty, students and researchers to use and further data science methods and applications to help ideas become solutions. For more information, visit

By Carolina Chao, RENCI communications intern