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What is BioData Club?

BioData Club is an informal community at OHSU dedicated to promoting a fun and supportive culture of interdisciplinary co-learning in data science skills and open science principles. We host workshops, along with social events where you can work on personal projects among friends. We welcome everyone at all skill levels who aim to better their skills in all things data. We want to replace statistics anxiety and code fear with inspiration and motivation to learn and share.


BioData Clubs host two types of events: practical learning workshops and hacky hours, often linked by a shared theme. Hacky hours are for networking. People come to talk about their work, get feedback, and have fun! Our goal is co-learning, and we believe we have a lot to teach each other.

Data Sharing Workshop using Frictionless Data

November 30, 2018 from 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Location: BICC 429

In this hands-on workshop, Lilly Winfree will introduce the Frictionless Data for Reproducible Research project, focusing on open source tooling that basic science researchers and bioinformaticians can implement into their data workflows to improve data quality and reproducibility. We will use data examples to learn how to: 1) share data together with its metadata and relevant schema in a data package; 2) validate datasets; and if this is a regular part of their workflow, how to automatically do so every time a dataset is updated. 3) explore frictionless data libraries in several languages (R, Python, Javascript, etc). Please register here and bring a laptop, and a dataset. Beginners Welcome!.

Data Scavenger Hunt

December 07, 2018 from 4:30 - 6:00 PM
Location: BICC 124

Are you interested in Data Science but don’t know how to get started? Come learn about the power of exploring data at our workshop. We’ll use a publicly available dataset called NHANES (National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey) to learn about answering questions about diabetes and depression in a friendly group setting. No previous experience is required. Bring a laptop and your curiosity! If you’d like to come, please RSVP by filling out our pre-session survey.

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Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, or expert, we want you to be involved with BioData Club.

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