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Johns Hopkins University

Developing Data Products

Johns Hopkins University via Coursera


A data product is the production output from a statistical analysis. Data products automate complex analysis tasks or use technology to expand the utility of a data informed model, algorithm or inference. This course covers the basics of creating data products using Shiny, R packages, and interactive graphics. The course will focus on the statistical fundamentals of creating a data product that can be used to tell a story about data to a mass audience.


  • Course Overview
    • In this overview module, we'll go over some information and resources to help you get started and succeed in the course.
  • Shiny, GoogleVis, and Plotly
    • Now we can turn to the first substantive lessons. In this module, you'll learn how to develop basic applications and interactive graphics in shiny, compose interactive HTML graphics with GoogleVis, and prepare data visualizations with Plotly.
  • R Markdown and Leaflet
    • During this module, we'll learn how to create R Markdown files and embed R code in an Rmd. We'll also explore Leaflet and use it to create interactive annotated maps.
  • R Packages
    • In this module, we'll dive into the world of creating R packages and practice developing an R Markdown presentation that includes a data visualization built using Plotly.
  • Swirl and Course Project
    • Week 4 is all about the Course Project, producing a Shiny Application and reproducible pitch.

Taught by

Brian Caffo


3.9 rating, based on 18 Class Central reviews

4.6 rating at Coursera based on 2246 ratings

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  • Ronny De Winter completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    Good overview of tools to use in rstudio to produce data products. Especially liked shiny: efficient tool to produce useful data products on the web.
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    Bill Seliger

    Bill Seliger completed this course.

    This was the 9th course in the series I completed and I found it the most fun. I also learned a tremendous amount that I have directly applied at work. The course project is much more flexible than the prior course projects and allows a student to develop a data product of their own choosing. This allows you to work on what you enjoy - I created a Linear Programming/Optimization data product. This is also a great opportunity to pull together tools you learned in the prior courses and helps integrate how to use R, how to get help, and how to "sell" a data product to your target audience.
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    Bill Seliger

    Bill Seliger completed this course, spending 8 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    This is a great course if you want to learn how to develop data products that others can use. The course materials cover presenting data products and the course project requires the student to develop a data product in R/Shiny that is hosted on the internet. This requires a fairly strong background in R and a little HTML/Linux administration wouldn't hurt but is not necessary. This is the 9th course in teh JHU Data Science Specialization for me and it's also the one I enjoyed the most.
  • Jason Michael Cherry completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    Compared to the other classes in the JHU Data Science specialization, this one is pretty laid back. It's useful information, and teaches a few nice tricks on how to present data analysis results.
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    Anonymous completed this course.

    It was a great course that you will enjoy using the last trend in data products. Further you will interact with other people and you receive a positive feedback about your last task.
  • Brandt Pence

    Brandt Pence completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    This is the final course before the capstone in the Data Science specialization from Johns Hopkins on Coursera. Overall this is one of the coolest courses in the specialization. It covers production of data products (as the name suggests), such as web-based...
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    The title should be more like "Developing Money From Gullible Students Who Don't Know Any Better". Don't take this course, you will not bring anything out of it.
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