R – your tool for data analysis

R‬ is a language and environment for Statistical Computing and Graphics. R provides a free/open source, cross­-platform, object-oriented environment to perform data analysis and visualisation tasks. Strength of R lies in its vibrant community, robust package repository and strong graphics capabilities. ‪

R provides all necessary tools required for various stages of a data analysis project. It provides techniques for data acquisition and processing as well as for data analysis and visualisation. It ranges from accessing data in various formats (CSV, XML…) to all possible ways of data manipulation (tabulation, aggregation…)to rich support for graphics (histogram, box plot etc.) to statistical models (regression, ANOVA…).

It is not always necessary to use built-in and supported functions and packages. Depending on the requirements, one can also develop his/her own functions, scripts and packages.

Recently, CDAC Mumbai has announced a 3-day course on R entitled “Using R for Data Visualisation and Analytics”. This course is aimed to cover in detail the features of R related to data analysis and visualisation. More details can be accessed here.

Call for Participation – Short-term Courses on Data Science at CDAC, Kharghar, Navi Mumbai

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We are living in a Data Age. Data is being continuously generated and consumed in various formats, and sizes from a number of varied sources. This data can be a big asset if stored, processed and analysed efficiently in real time with the help of intelligent algorithms. There is a growing interest to utilize such data for the improvement of business, health, education, society, etc. There are many ways to process and analyse such data spanning techniques like data visualisation, text analysis, predictions and recommendations etc. Applications of these techniques can give companies and organisations valuable insights leading to competitive advantage, efficient service delivery and above all customer satisfaction. And so the demand for skilled resources in these fields is growing day by day.

With this view, CDAC, Mumbai is announcing the following short-term courses in Data Science and Machine Learning.

  1. Using R for data visualization and analytics: This course introduces R – a language and environment for Statistical Computing and Visualisation. In recent years, R has become very popular due its open source cross-platform nature, robust package repository and strong graphics capabilities. During the course, one will not only learn about basics of R, but also about techniques of data acquisition and processing. Course will also cover in detail the features of R related to data analysis and visualisation.
  2. Text Analytics: The course aims to provide learners an understanding of the methods for text analytics. It will cover major techniques for mining and analyzing text data to discover interesting patterns, extract useful knowledge, and support decision making. The techniques will include Named Entity Recognition, Sentiment Analysis and Text Categorization among others. Learners will also be introduced to various open source utilities for developing text analytics applications.
  3. Predictive Analytics and Recommender Systems: The course covers various methods of Predictive Analytics and Recommender Systems drawn from Statistics, Data Mining, and Machine Learning. We will discuss popular algorithms in the domain and their use in various applications. The course emphasizes hands-on approach for better understanding of the techniques used in the domain. During the course, mainly open-source tools will be used for illustrations and lab.

Target Audience: Individuals, students, and professionals from government, industry, and academia working / interested in Data Science

Courses Schedule:

Course Name Using R for data visualization and analytics Text Analytics Predictive Analytics and Recommender Systems
Course Dates May 19 – 21, 2016 June 16 – 18, 2016 July 14 – 16, 2016
Final Registration Date May 04, 2016 June 01, 2016 June 30, 2016

Registration Process: Registration fee per course for a candidate is Rs. 7500/-. For more details about registration and payment process, please visit http://www.kbcs.in/datascience.

Note: Registration will be on first come first serve basis. Final participation in any of the courses will be subject to the realization of payment of applicable registration fee.

For More details, please contact:

Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (Formerly NCST)

Near Bharati Vidyapeeth, Raintree Marg, Sector 7, CBD Belapur,

Navi Mumbai – 400614, Maharashtra, INDIA

Telephone: + 91-22-27565303/304/305

Fax: +91-22-27565004

email: kbcs@cdac.in

URL: http://www.kbcs.in/datascience

ICT for School workshop at CDAC, Kharghar, Navi Mumbai on November 20, 2015

A half day Workshop on “ICT for Schools” will be conducted on Friday 20th November, 2015 [2:00 PM-5:30 PM] at Kharghar campus of C-DAC Mumbai. The workshop will be covering presentation-cum-demo on:

  1. Online Labs
  2. eBasta – School Books to eBooks and
  3. Assessment and Monitoring Framework.

CBSE/STATE board teachers from Classes VIII, IX, X ; Subjects – Science, Maths, English are invited to participate in this workshop. This workshop will be conducted by Educational Technology Unit of C-DAC Mumbai. 

Please comment or write to etu[AT]cdac[DOT]in, if you are interested, or want more information.
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Open House at CDAC on the occasion of National Science Day

CDAC Mumbai is organising an Open House on the occasion of National Science Day(28th February, 2014) at its Kharghar, Navi Mumbai campus. This Open House will not only showcase CDAC products and projects, but also include Quiz Show, Programming Competition and Much More.
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CDAC Mumbai projects awarded SKOCH Order of Merit Medals and listed among India’s Best-2013

Three research projects of CDAC Mumbai have been awarded the prestigious SKOCH Order of Merit medals for their distinguished and outstanding contributions in enabling and promoting Digital Inclusion of Indian citizens into the ICT mainstream. These projects are:

These medals along with certificates were conferred to CDAC Mumbai in an awards ceremony held at 33rd SKOCH Summit during September 2-3, 2013 in New Delhi. SKOCH awards from SKOCH Group are hailed as one of the highest independently instituted civilian honours in the country and considered as independent benchmarks for best practices in India in the fields of governance, finance, banking, technology, corporate citizenship, economics and inclusive growth.

CDAC Mumbai projects were selected by an eminent jury of domain experts among nearly a thousands nominations through a rigorous scrutiny process. Scrutiny process went for nearly 3 months comprising about 200 jury presentations and 150 hours of deliberations.

These research projects have also been listed among India’s Best-2013 in Smart Governance and Digital Inclusion. It is noteworthy here that CDAC Mumbai, over 25 years, has been extensively involved in R & D activities related to various fields of software technology such as multilingual computing, e-learning, e-governance, free/open source software & cyber security etc. Solutions developed under these projects are being used by a large number of targeted end-users, community members, institutions etc. and have been highly appreciated by them.

As significant section of Indian population consists of people with disabilities, “Enhancing Accessibility for FOSS Desktops project is an effort to make common computer desktop accessible to such people, thereby enabling them to avail the benefits of modern ICT technologies. This project so far has been able to produce reusable and accessible software solutions as per the specific needs of disabled people having visual, physical and cognitive impairments. All solutions and products developed under the project are open source and freely available. All these solutions have been widely deployed, distributed and downloaded among individuals and disability related organisations/institutions. These can be accessed at http://www.cdacmumbai.in/accessibility.

Major products developed under the project are ALViC (Accessible Linux for Visually Challenged), Anumaan (an predictive text entry system) and GEM (GEstures with Mouse) for physically impaired people, GNU/Linux distribution for Cognitively Challenged etc. Moreover, project has also made significant contributions to FOSS communities like Orca, Nautilus, Poppler, and OpenOffice.org etc.

On the other hand, Online Labs (Olabs) for school lab experiments provides students with the ease and convenience of conducting experiments over the Internet. It has been developed to supplement the traditional physical labs and bridge the constraints of time and geographical distances. This not only reduces the costs incurred for conducting experiments in real time, but also gives a student the flexibility to explore and repeat experiments till they are thorough.

At present, 30 Physics and Chemistry experiments covering topics like Hooke’s Law, Reflection in concave Mirror, Boiling Point of Water, etc are available for online access. Each experiment has sections covering related theory, procedure, animation, simulation, assessment and reference material. It can be accessed at http://www.olabs.co.in.

While, Parikshak, an Online Automated Computer Program Grading & Analysis Tool, aims at improving the quality of computer programmers in India, by exploiting automated systems for programming assessment and teaching. CDAC Mumbai has successfully demonstrated the effectiveness of this tool in its decade old Post Graduate Diploma courses in Software Technology, by providing better computer programmers to the Indian Software Industry.

The tool is now available for use online at www.parikshak.in and has been adopted by distinguished educational and corporate organisations in India.

Sangrah – Knowledge Repository for FOSS in Education from CDAC, Mumbai

CDAC, Mumbai has announced the beta release of portal SangrahKnowledge Repository for FOSS in Education . This portal contains resources about different categories like Learning Management System, Content Management System, etc. It also contains user experiences for these categories, comparative analysis of various tools from these categories, specialised search, and collaboration facility for community supported content updates.

The portal is maintained with least manual intervention as most of the tasks including, resource collection, categorization, user experience identification, comparative analysis, etc are largely automated.

The portal is intended for academic institutions, entrepreneurs, among others to help them to adopt Free and Open Source Softwares (FOSS).

The portal is still evolving, hence feedback about the portal, improvement suggestions can be given through the feedback section on portal.

Users can visit and register on the portal at – http://nrcfoss.cdacmumbai.in/sangrah

One year full-time PG-DST course from CDAC

C-DAC Mumbai is offering 1-year full-time Post Graduate Diploma in Software Technology (PG-DST) for the past several years with excellent placement
records. The course provides a systematic blend of theory and hands-on, foundational and advanced concepts, and includes current trends and
technologies.

Admission is now open for the next batch of PG-DST commencing on 27th August 2013, and its admission test (CST) will be held on 14th July 2013.
Application form and more details of the course are given in brochure: PGDST_Brochure.

The PG-DST course exposes the candidates to a variety of tools and frameworks including programming languages (C, C++ and Java), database
systems (MySQL, Oracle, Hibernate, NoSQL), development frameworks (Spring, HTML-5, PHP, JavaScript), tools in software engineering (Redmine, Git),
Operating systems (Gnu/Linux, Windows, Android), etc.

Contact details:
C-DAC, Near Kharghar Rly Stn, Navi Mumbai (Tel 022-27565303) 
C-DAC, Gulmohar Cross Road No. 9, Juhu, Mumbai (Tel 022-26703251)
E-mail: entrance-mumbai@cdac.in ; course_kh@cdac.in www.cdacmumbai.in

Release of new version of GNU/Linux distribution for Cognitively Challenged by CDAC, Mumbai

Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC) has released the new version (version 0.1.2) of GNU/Linux distribution for CognitivelyChallenged. Cognitively challenged people face different kinds of problems such as memory loss, forgetfulness, attention problems etc. Therefore, the major objective of this distribution is to provide an accessible desktop environment suitable to such users. The major highlights of this distribution are simplified and accessible desktop environment, simplified applications, tagged file system, tag-based searching, user’s activity log, reminder facility etc. that are specifically aimed to reduce distraction and memory load during computer interaction. These salient features of the distribution can be of immense help to such users and their caretakers, while using computer. This distribution is based on Ubuntu 10.04 and offers a number of improvements/enhancements over previously released version (version 0.1.1). These improvements/enhancements have been incorporated based on feedbacks and suggestions received from various organisations and users.

Major highlights in the current release:

  • Faster tag based searching
  • Facility to add new user-defined image tags
  • Enhanced tag control center to edit/delete existing tags(textual and image both).
  • Enhanced tag control center to add new file extensions for which tag setting option should be enabled.
  • New educational games included (The Number Race and Tux Type)

GNU/Linux distribution for Cognitively Challenged-0.1.2 can be downloaded from here.

More details about the distribution can be accessed at http://www.cdacmumbai.in/glcc.

Details of various enhancements made in the current version can be found at http://nrcfoss.cdacmumbai.in/access/LinuxForCC-0.1.2-docs/ChangeLog_0.1.2.pdf.

Feedback and suggestions about the distribution can be sent at ossd[at]cdac[dot]in.