Data Academy

Data Academy will re-launch in the first quarter of 2023. An updated list of course offerings and our Spring schedule will be updated soon.

The Data Academy is produced in partnership with the Office of the Controller.

Course Catalog

ArcGIS Pro

Unleash the power of ArcGIS Pro!! This four-hour workshop is designed for both new GIS users and those who are familiar with Arc Map or QGIS. We will become familiar with core GIS functionality in ArcGIS Pro and explore the ease with which Pro accomplishes advanced geoprocessing functions and its efficient data management tools. The class will consist of four short lecture/demonstrations paired with self-paced exercises.

Intro to Project Management

This course will cover fundamental concepts in project management and is meant for a beginner audience. It will focus on the use of project management tools for improved day-to-day management of and contribution to City projects.

Intro to R

In this introductory class, participants will learn practical skills necessary for reading data into R from external sources, manipulating the data, and visualizing it.  The course will also cover other basic programming concepts as they are implemented in R.

Intro to SQL

Much of the initial and simple data analysis and manipulation is done in Excel spreadsheets. However, with larger and more complex datasets, a relational database (e.g. Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server/Access) is usually a more popular choice. Structured Query Language, or SQL, is an international standard language for data manipulation in a relational database and is an important skill for data scientists and analysts. This workshop will introduce you to SQL so you can manipulate your data more elegantly and efficiently.

Intro to Statistics

In this two-part introductory statistics course, participants will learn the building blocks necessary to understand the data they work with and conduct more advanced analysis in the future. Topics covered in the first part include: statistical terminology, introduction to sampling, summarizing data through central tendency measures, understanding data variability measures, and examining distributions of data. The second part will build on this content, with topics covering: introduction to probabilities, how to tell if statistics are meaningfully different from one-another, and how to make inferences about populations using samples. It is recommended that students attend part one or be familiar with the topics discussed in part one before attending part two of this series.

Intro to Survey Design

This classroom-based workshop is an interactive course meant for beginner to intermediate surveyors. It covers basic topics like: when should you survey, how to talk about surveys, and how to design a survey.


Unleash the power of QGIS! This four-hour workshop is designed for both new GIS users and those who are familiar with GIS. We will become familiar with core mapping functionality in QGIS and explore the ease with which it accomplishes basic data management, geoprocessing functions and visualization. The class will consist of three short lecture/demonstrations paired with self-paced exercises.

Intro to Power BI

This course is designed to give you a strong foundation in Power BI and a jump-start on your 1st Power BI project. Power BI is a powerful, low-cost program that focuses on the entire business intelligence chain: from data wrangling to visualizing to sharing to automation.

Intermediate Power BI: Data Modeling

This course is the 2nd in DataSF’s series on PowerBI.  This course will provide a strong foundation in Data Structure and Data Modeling through the tool of PowerBI.  Analyst tasked with getting multiple data sources to talk to each other in PowerBI will find this class of use.

Lean 101

Have you ever wanted to change the way your workplace operates but didn’t know where to begin? Wish you could clear the obstacles in your daily work or reduce bureaucracy for your customers?  This training aims to introduce you to the Lean methodology and the tools you need to rapidly improve the work you do every day.

Service Design in Government

Ever wanted to use design thinking to create more effective project outcomes? Plan to have fun practicing these techniques and then commit to trying to apply what youíve learned to one or more of your projects in 24 hours.