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GC Digital Initiatives in the Summer

We are so excited to share what we are up to this summer with the GC community! We have three active digital skill interest groups (Python, R, and GIS/mapping) that are fostering skill and community building virtually.


Python User’ Group (or PUG for short) is an open and informal collaborative space for experimentation and exploration with the Python programming language. It is an opportunity for those interested in Python to work together virtually and find support. Join
our PUG Slack community to keep in touch.


We are hosting a remote Python bootcamp for the GC Community this summer, 5 week, 3 times a week bootcamp (MWF, 4-5pm EST) starting the week of July 11th. We encourage total beginners, GC Digital Research Institute alums, and people who want to strengthen their fundamentals to join us as we go through the acclaimed Python Crash Course textbook. Fill out this form by July 8th if you’re interested.


R User’s Group (i.e., RUG) is a place for newbies and experts alike to learn and work together on projects using the statistical programming language, R. It is an opportunity for those interested in R to work together virtually and find support. Join
our RUG Slack community to keep in touch.

RUG group meetings will be held on Friday (3-4 pm) for 8 consecutive weeks from Jul 1 to Aug 19. This RUG Summer meeting series is for both beginners and R users since we have enough time (8 weeks) to start with the basics and delve into the deep. We plan to use the book R for Data Science as our “textbook” and go through the essential chapters in that. Please join our R Slack Channel to keep updated.


The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) / Mapping working group is a network of CUNY students, faculty and staff who are interested in sharing methods and techniques, and finding support from others about ways GIS can be used to further research and teaching.
Join Slack here.


During this summer, our GIS group will hold a remote GIS bootcamp with weekly meetings on Friday (4-5pm), from July 15 to August 19. Our goal will be to cover from the basics concepts of GIS and move to more advanced skills we can develop using the software QGIS ( By the end, we expect everyone to be able to create maps in QGIS as well as manipulate spatial data for future analyses and visualization in order to tell their own research story. Fill out this form by July 13th if you’re interested.

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