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Call for Applications: CODATA–RDA Research Data Science School in Pretoria

Call for Applications: CODATA–RDA Research Data Science School in Pretoria

The CODATA–RDA Research Data Science School will take place on 13–24 January 2020 in Pretoria, South Africa. The school provides early career researchers (M-level to postdoc) with the foundational data science skills, which include technical skills and responsible research practices, to enable them to work with their data in an effective and efficient manner required by 21st-century research.


The material covered by the programme is fundamental to all areas of research, and thus open to researchers and professionals from all disciplines that deal with significant amounts of research data. The goal is to provide a practical introduction to these topics with some theory and extensive hands-on training.


  • Open Science
  • Introduction to Unix Shell
  • Introduction to Git
  • Open and Collaborative Research
  • Research Data Management
  • Data Cleaning – using Open Refine
  • Data Analysis and Visualisation – using R
  • Data Intensive Social Science
  • Author Carpentry
  • Information Security
  • Machine Learning and Neural Networks
  • Research Computational Infrastructure

How to apply

Application deadline: 31 October 2019
Online application and further information can be found here.

Females, Social Scientists and participants from developing countries are encouraged to apply.


The school is heavily sponsored. Successful applicants will be expected to pay a fee of R1,150 once the application is accepted. This fee includes all training and catering (lunches). Applicants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements.

International Directors

H Shanahan (Royal Holloway University, UK)
L Bezuidenhout (University of Oxford, UK)

Local Organizers

A Vahed (DIRISA) | B Peterson, (NWU)
J Steyn (SADiLAR, NWU)
J van Wyk (NeDICC) M Holmner (UP)
M van Deventer (UP)