Arizona State University ranks at the very top of the list for the "most innovative schools" according to the 2016 U.S. News and World Report college rankings. As part of its mission to foster innovation, ASU provides many unique experiences and training opportunities to ASU students and faculty, as well as national and international conference and workshop participants. A recent addition to this call for innovation is a workshop series focusing on innovations in the research and analysis of interpersonal relationship dynamics and social network data.
The first annual Data in the Desert workshop is the beginning of an advanced methods training series focusing on innovations in statistical analyses for the social scientist. The Data in the Desert Workshop will take place June 19 – 23, 2017 focusing on the project planning, data collection, and analysis of longitudinal social network data. The objective to the Data in the Desert annual workshop series is to provide unique opportunity for scholars in fields such as psychology, sociology, biology, business, as well as the developmental and social sciences more broadly to begin to understand the intricacies and complexities of interpersonal relationship data, as well as longitudinal social network data more generally.