This is a one-day workshop aimed at teaching graduate students, post-doctoral students, and faculty how to create an interactive Shiny app to share their research findings with a broader audience. Shiny is an R package that allows people to build interactive web apps straight from the R program (https://shiny.rstudio.com/). Shiny apps can be shared online, embedded in documents, or used as interactive dashboards. Shiny apps are valuable as supplemental materials to publications or as interactive components of presentations. They help a scientist present their research to a broader audience, aiding in the dissemination of important findings among communities that could actually benefit from learning about those findings. Shiny apps also serve as teaching tools for bringing to life complex course material.
The workshop will be led by Data Curation Officer Kathleen Coburn, who is a CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow with the UC Merced Library. Over the course of the day, she will introduce attendees to different components of the Shiny environment. At each step, attendees will have the opportunity to apply what they learn to a Shiny app using their own data, or data found through online depositories such as Dash (https://dash.ucop.edu/stash) and ICPSR (https://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/ICPSR/). By the end of the day, attendees will walk away with their own interactive Shiny app.