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National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis

Welcome to the Learning Hub

Mission Statement

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The NCEAS Learning Hub's mission is to support environmental scientists throughout their data science journey. We teach cutting-edge data science curriculum, facilitate collaborative learning, and promote best practices in open science. We empower data scientists to more efficiently answer environmental questions.


The Learning Hub Package

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    Data Science Courses

    Our courses and materials are digestible, intensive modules that will build your skills in a variety of data science topics, ranging from the basics of programming in a new language to advanced computing techniques. They are open to researchers from any discipline or sector.

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    Customized Training

    We offer fee-based customizable training for groups and institutions. We’ll teach your group best team science practices, encourage maximum participation and group cohesion, collaborative version control, and other essential trainings your group may need.

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    Director's Scholarship

    We recognize there are barriers to data science and are committed to advancing diversity and equity among course participants. To address the financial barrier of registration and travel costs, we are excited to offer The Director's Scholarship for the coreR Course.

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    Community & Events

    There’s no better way to learn data science than in community! We host events, lead and maintain community groups like EcoDataScience, and collaborate with data science groups like R-Ladies Santa Barbara to facilitate more engaging and welcoming learning experiences.

Upcoming Events & Opportunities

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Open Source Resources

Our Team

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Learning Hub materials and programming draw from the community of NCEAS residents who have expertise in a variety of tools and techniques used in both data science and synthesis science. Our instructors have experience using these tools in real scientific research and in teaching them to others. All NCEAS residents have an opportunity to teach.

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