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The DataLab Workshop: Creating Interactive Tools From NHS Datasets
Wednesday 3 July @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
The DataLab is a mixed team of software engineers, clinicians and researchers turning large NHS datasets into live interactive data-driven tools, alongside traditional academic papers. Our OpenPrescribing.net service has had more than 115,000 unique users during the past year.
In this course we will demonstrate how data can be turned into live interactive tools and services online, rather than static charts and tables. Participants will learn about tool development and gain experience in using Python, GitHub and other tools by building, modifying, and running worked examples.
This course would suit academic researchers and clinicians interested in how data can be used to produce tools and services to directly improve clinical care; and how traditional analytic approaches for academic publications can be adapted to serve clinicians, commissioners and patients directly. You will need a basic understanding of how data can be managed and analysed using tools such as R, Stata, or similar; but no advanced programming or statistical knowledge is required.
Courtesy of BRC funding, BRC-funded staff are initially invited to attend, free of charge. Other staff may be able to attend if capacity allows. Please fill in this form and we will let you know when your place is confirmed. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
After a morning of lecture-style learning, in the afternoon you will run worked examples to scrape data and present the results through a web interface: so if possible you will need to bring a laptop to the afternoon session, but no special software will be required. We will endeavour to help if you do not have access to a laptop. We will also need you to sign up for a one-month membership for an online Python service in time for the course. This will cost $5 for a single month and can be cancelled afterwards. We will be happy to refund this cost to you through expenses.