UA Data Science Slack Guide


Welcome to the UA Data Science Slack Workspace! This workspace is designed to be a permanent community resource for connecting people at the University of Arizona interested in data science. We welcome all types of users - it doesn’t matter if you’re just starting to use R to analyze your data as an undergraduate, or if you’re a fully-fledged tenured professor running Machine Learning models on a bazillion data points in Python, this community is a space for everyone to learn and teach new tools and techniques, to get help with their data, and to connect with other data-science-minded folks at UA.

Read and agree to the Code of Conduct.

If you’re new, check out this brief guide to getting started in slack.


Our workspace is divided into channels that are grouped by topic. Currently we have seven main channels for users to communicate in:

Communication Logistics

There are (probably familiar) ways to organize communication in Slack. You can post to a channel, and people can reply to that post, which generates a thread (this is nice because it’s easier to follow a given conversation).

You can also search the Workspace or a specific panel, to find previous topics that might answer your questions.

You can tag channels using the hashtag (i.e. # general, # r), and tag specific users using the @ function (i.e. @Keaton Wilson, why isn’t your code cleaner and more readable?).

You can direct message (dm) your colleagues by selecting their name in the list just below the Channels directory.

The Slack mobile app is pretty good. So is the desktop app.

Formatting messages

*bold words by doing this* = bold words by doing this

_italicize with this_ = italicize with this

~strikethrough with this~ = strikethrough with this

You can use Shift+Enter to make lists, and Option-8 (Mac) or Alt-7 (Windows) to make bullets

> to block quote one paragraph

to block quote one paragraph

>>> to block quote multiple paragraphs

to block quote multiple paragraphs

Surround text with backticks (`) to make inline code. ```your code here``` for code blocks.

Click the plus button next to the message dialogue box to add code chunks, posts, or files.

Getting help, having problems, having ideas

If you’re having troubles or issues, or have ideas about how to improve the Workspace, please contact one of the admins via DM: @Keaton Wilson, @Zinnar, @Jeff

Cheers and welcome!

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