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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

We are recruiting ICS PhD students for Warsaw School of Data Analysis

UPDATE: The recruitment has been extended until June 15, 2014.

WSAD is an EU-funded initiative of University of Warsaw (UW) and Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and Methodology (ICS). It’s goal is to organize a series of English-language educational activities targeted towards PhD students and practitioners in a broadly conceived field of social science data analysis.

Key activities include:

  • Introductory Internet course and self-study materials providing materials on basic statistics and data analysis for the social sciences. The course and materials provide necessary background knowledge for summerschool participants.
  • Stationary summer school taking place in Warsaw. The summer school is the major event of the project. It will take place in Warsaw in the period July 21 – August 2 of 2014. The participants will be recruited from PhD students of ICS and Polish universities, and practitioners from Polish companies from “social data-intensive” industry.


The program of the summer school will consist of workshops and lectures on various topics of social science data analysis including, but not limited to:

  • Analysis of survey data
  • Data visualization
  • Structural Equation Models
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Mixture models
  • Spatial data analysis
  • Quantitative text analysis
  • Software tutorials on SPSS, R, and Stata.

A dedicated “academic” track will involve working with tutors in small groups of 5 towards writing a complete research paper submittable to a scientific journal. WSAD faculty include world-class experts from ICS, University of Warsaw, University of Michigan (USA), and Carlton University (Canada).

The registration form for ICS PhD student will be available from April 23 until June 15, 2014 at the project website:
Participation in the summer school (including the costs of accommodation and meals) is free of charge.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Our course Introduction to Data Analysis attracts enormously the attention of PhD students. Within three days almost 100 applications were submitted! At the same time, to our project e-mail, many questions related to the course are coming in. Therefore, we answer the most frequently asked questions.


  1. How the course will be organized? Will I have to be in front of the computer on certain days in certain hours?
    The course will consist of 10 thematic blocks. For the each block a certain date will be appointed to which you should meet the materials on your own and do the tasks. Within this limit you can freely choose the time and place of your activity. So you will not have to sit at your computer at specified dates and hours.
  2. At what frequency the following thematic blocks will be opened/closed?
    The following thematic blocks will be opened every week and each of them will be accessible for two weeks. This will allow the participants for more flexibility, especially during Easter and national holidays in May. The exception might be the two last thematic blocks which due to the close date of completion of the course will be open for a week only.
  3. Will be the final exam carried out on-line or in a classroom?
    The final exam will be divided on two parts:
    - writing task to be done in a distance form: interpretation of the results of analyzes,
    - in the classroom: a conversation with a participant expanding the writing tasks (in English).
    However, to pass the course the tasks included in each thematic block need to be done as well.
  4. When the final exam is planned?
    The assessment is planned for around June 9, 2014. The exact dates will be given during the course.
  5. Why do I need to provide a personal identification number and identity card number in the application form?
    It is obligatory within the Human Capital Operational Programme to collect these data from participants covered by the support in the project (and thus also for the course Introduction to Data Analysis participants). The data provided by you will be solely used for the purpose of the project Warsaw School of Data Analysis, its evaluation, control, monitoring and reporting. The administrator of the personal data collected is the University of Warsaw. The data is stored securely and will not be shared with third parties outside of the National Centre for Research and Development.
  6. When will I get the information if my application was accepted by the recruitment committee?
    E-mails informing on that will be sent to all the applicants at the end of the recruitment process which is planned on April 7, 2014.

Update:  Due to a large number of applications that we have already received the recruitment will end on April 2, 2014 at 1.00 p.m.

The end of recruitment to the Introduction to Data Analysis course

Dear UW PhDs!
The course Introduction to Data Analysis has attracted such a lot of attention and so many applications were sent that we have to close the enrollment before the deadline. Therefore, your application can be submitted till tomorrow (that is April 2, 2014) until 1.00 p.m. the latest. We will send you the information on qualifying (or not) for participation in this edition of the course by e-mail. The ones who will be not qualified for this edition of the course can attend to a self-study version of the course which will be held later on.
Thank you for all the applications!