Welcome to the ZMT data roundtable!

The purpose of the ZMT data roundtable is to provide a discussion platform about topics related to computational statistical data analysis. These topics include approaches to statistical data analysis, data handling, plotting, etc. - in R, but also in other computing languages. The data roundtable consists of the following two components:

  • Monthly seminars: Once a month you are invited to join the data roundtable meetings, which can take the format of (i) a seminar, where an invited speaker presents an interesting new approach to data analysis, (ii) a trouble-shooting session, where three participants briefly (~10min) present a particular issue, followed by a discussion (~20min) to find a solution for that issue, and (iii) an open-coding session, where you are welcome to just bring your computer to work alongside your colleagues with the opportunity to ask questions whenever they arise.
  • Online GitHub organization: The backbone of the data roundtables is a GitHub organization consisting of repositories to archive and develop the data and scripts discussed during the monthly meetings, and an issue tracker to post questions and vote, which of them should be discussed during the trouble-shooting sessions. The Github organization is private so that you may also discuss unpublished data within the data roundtable community. Furthermore, it provides an opportunity to ask questions and receive help even if you are not able to attend the monthly meetings.

The data roundtable is not a teaching tool, hosted by a few experts. It lives because of the participation of the whole data roundtable community. Anyone who is interested can contribute: The data roundtables are open to any academic level (students, doctoral candidates, postdocs, group leaders, technicians) from ZMT but also from external institutes. To be included in the data roundtable mailing list, please contact us. To also get access to the Github organization, please create a free Github account (https://github.com/) and ask us to invite you to join the ZMT data roundtable organization.


Upcoming meetings (for further questions please get in touch with (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.): 


  • Thursday 12th of November 2020 at 2 pm (virtual data roundtable)
  • Assumption testing: data vs. model (Paula Senff) 



Archive of the past meeting (login required): https://github.com/ZMT-Data-Roundtable

In addition, we have opened up a slack chat, write a message to Tobias Poprick if you want to be part of it!