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Open Source Data Tools for Policy and Design: Using R for Data Visualization In-Person

This is the first in a three-part series of data visualization workshops jointly taught by the Harvard Kennedy School Library and the Loeb Library at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. We will be hosting each workshop twice: once at HKS (Tuesdays) and once at GSD (Thursdays).

The instructors are James Adams (Manager of Research & Data Services, HKS Library) and Bruce Boucek (GIS, Data, & Research Librarian, Loeb Library at GSD).

The GSD version of this workshop will take place in the Design Research Studio space next to Gund L19 on the lower level of the Frances Loeb Library. 


In this hands-on workshop, we will introduce data sets we will use throughout our series and use the R programming language to import and visualize the data. Using R’s popular ggplot2 package, we will cover basic principles and practices for creating effective data visualizations. We will create a variety of plots using techniques that you will be able to use to visualize your own data.

We want to begin promptly, so please make sure to download and install both of the following prior to the workshop:

Can't make it to this workshop? We're teaching it again at GSD on October 6. Check the Harvard Library Events Calendar for details and registration.

GSD Registration for the next two workshops in the series:


HKS Registration for the next two workshops in the series:

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Thursday, October 6, 2022
2:30pm - 4:30pm
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
Digital Research Studio Space
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Event Organizer

Bruce Boucek

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