Harvard DataFest 2019


Tue - Wed, Jan 22 to Jan 23, 9:00am - 5:00pm


Harvard University CGIS South Building 1730 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02138

Twitter: #harvarddatafest

A Data Science Bootcamp for better research

DataFest is a two-day workshop held during J-term and developed by data practitioners and researchers from across the university. Hosted by the Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS), the purpose of the workshop is for participants to develop skills in working with data. It is structured around the data lifecycle, includes lectures and hands-on sessions focused on data concepts, project planning and data science workflows, processing and analysis, and finally data dissemination. It is offered to faculty, post-doctorates, graduate and undergraduate students, and staff at Harvard University. DataFest is a collaborative effort by IQSS and several other Harvard institutions. The curriculum complements the workshops taught in ComputeFest.


Workshops in the following broad categories:

  • Data Analysis
  • Data Management
  • Data Visualization



DataFest 2019 is a collaboration among many Harvard institutions, including the following partners:

  • Office of Vice Provost for Research
  • Harvard Business School
  • Harvard School of Public Health
  • HMS O2 Research Computing
  • FAS Research Computing
  • Harvard Libraries
  • Countway Library Medical School
  • Wolbach Library (Center for Astrophysics)
  • Digital Scholarship Support Group
  • Center for Geographical Analysis
  • Institute for Quantitative Social Science