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About the project

The Warsaw School of Data Analysis is a transnational project implemented by the University of Warsaw and the Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and Methodology (the Netherlands). The main objective of the project is to raise the level of competence of PhD students and individuals outside the academic community in the field of data analysis by the development and implementation of an interdisciplinary, English-language training cycle, in cooperation with foreign partners and with the participation of employers, and by the involvement of distance education methods and techniques.

Within WSAD the participants are offered:
- participation in an e-learning compensatory/introductory course that enables to gain or consolidate skills in statistics (for PhD students),
- participation in a two-week summer school focused on data analysis workshops and lectures lead by experts in the field (for PhD students and participants outside of the academic community),
- cooperation with experts, which aims to result the scientific papers working out to be published in reputable scientific journals (University of Warsaw PhD students).

Participation in the WSAD project is fully free of charge and the University of Warsaw PhD students might be additionally granted by the ECTS. Classes will be held in English, so that participants will have the opportunity to learn specialist terminology which is crucial for the international scientific cooperation.
Dates of the compensatory course: April 9 – June 9, 2014
Dates of the summer school: July 21 - August 2, 2014

Warsaw School of Data Analysis training cycle description

Qualification for the course & organizational information

Information regarding the qualifying for the course Introduction to Data Analysis was sent to the e-mail addresses given in the application forms. Welcome to our project. We encourage to read carefully the documents sent. We wish you successful learning and achieving the best results!

Establishment of a transnational cooperation: UW and ICS

From January 1, 2014 the University of Warsaw and the Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and Methodology (the Netherlands) have started cooperation which aims at implementation of the transnational project Warsaw School of Data Analysis. Implementation of the project enables PhD students from both universities as well as the individuals outside the academic community to raise their level of competence in the field of data analysis. The training cycle will consist of online compensatory/introductory course, a two-week summer school and online workshops. It will be developed in English to make the participants acquainted with specialized language in international communication. There will bedistance education (e-learning) methods and techniques used.


The foreign partner of the project, the Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and Methodology (ICS), is the center for social research in the Netherlands (a joint initiative of the three Dutch universities: Utrecht, Groningen, Nijmegen). The work carried out in the ICS is based on research program strongly involving a deductive formulation of theories, the integration of theory with empirical research and advanced statistical methods as well as an interdisciplinary approach. Since 1986 ICS  offers doctoral studies and master graduate program with particular emphasis on data analysis. ICS collaborates with over 150 scientists from 86 universities in 21 countries.

On behalf of the University of Warsaw the project is implemented by the Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modelling (ICM), Institute of Social Studies (ISS) and the Center for Open and Multimedia Education (COME).

  • ICM provides Polish scientific community with high power computers and software as well as the technical and programming assistance in the field of large scale computer calculations and organizes courses and trainings. ICM does basic research in mathematics and natural sciences in the area of engineering, medicine, economic and sociological sciences.
  • ISS brings together scientists from the area of ​​sociology, psychology, economics and political science conducting interdisciplinary research in 9 research centers. The scientific activity of the ISS includes among the others the creation of new theoretical models aimed at the integration of empirical data and standardized tools and methods of data analysis for the comparative studies. ISS also offers trainings for students and researchers.
  • COME is an organizational unit responsible for e-learning at the University of Warsaw. COME has developed an original and efficient methodology for the preparation and conducting of e-courses. In order to bridge social, geographical and time barriers in reaching the educational offer of the University of Warsaw it uses new communication technologies, multimedia and information tools.

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Recriutment of University of Warsaw PhD students for "Introduction to Data Analysis" course is now open

Dear University of Warsaw Ph.D. student! Do you think you could use additional knowledge on data analysis? Do you perform analyses, but want to learn more? If so, the Warsaw School of Data Analysis is for you.


We open recruitment of University of Warsaw PhD students within the Warsaw School of Data Analysis (WSAD) project for:

  1. English-language online course Introduction to Data Analysis (30h, 4 ECTS), which starts on April 9 and runs until June 9, 2014.
    The course provides the basic knowledge needed to understand the statistical analysis of social data. Depending on the level of knowledge of the participant, we offer different educational tracks for beginners and more advanced graduate students.
    To register to the course, please submit the questionnaire at the project website. The recruitment committee will accept applications until the limit is filled. Participation in the e-course is free of charge.
  2. International Warsaw School of Data Analysis (WSAD), which will be held in the Warsaw suburban resort from July 21 to August 2, 2014.
    Each PhD student will take part in 96 hours of classes and will be eligible to get 3 to 14 ECTS credits during the summer school. To participate in the summer school, it is necessary to pass successfully the course Introduction to Data Analysis. The classes will be run by the eminent Polish specialists and foreign lecturers from Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and Methodology (The Netherlands), Institute for Social Research of University of Michigan (USA) and Carleton University (Canada).
    The summer school program will include workshops on data visualization (12h), structural models (24h), computer text analysis (12h), statistical packages (Statistica, SPSS, R - 6h for each), advanced analysis of linear and curvilinear regression and data clustering analysis. There are also meetings with employers looking for specialists in the field of analysis planned.
    The detailed program of the summer school as well as the registration form will be available from April 23, 2014, at the project website.
    The individuals accepted to the project will have to get the approval of their application by the director of doctoral studies in their faculty. Participation in the summer school (including the costs of accommodation and meals) is free of charge. 

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