Structured Data, Databases, and SQL

Hosted by Data Science Services at Harvard’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science, free for MIT affiliates

Event date October 27, 2017 9:30am - 12pm


Collecting, analyzing, and managing data is the bread and butter of any research project, and standard tools like Microsoft Excel are the go-to apps, as they’re omnipresent and easy to use. But these start to show their limitations when one needs to handle tens of thousands of rows or merge data from multiple sources. Using a relational database, such as SQLite, can meet this gap and is the logical next step for bigger data projects.

This class will discuss the fundamentals of structured data, introduce you to using SQLite (a lightweight database available on all most computing platforms), and teach you the basics of querying and summarizing data with SQL. Meeting these objectives could open new opportunities for research and help you with your research data management goals.

Prerequisite: This workshop is appropriate for those with little or no prior experience using SQLite or SQL. Some familiarity with databases is helpful.

Location: Harvard Campus, K018, CGIS Knafel building, concourse level