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A Data Carpentry Workshop

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

August 1-2, 2017

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Instructors: Erin Becker, Kristina Riemer

Helpers: Scott Peterson

General Information

Data Carpentry workshops are for any researcher who has data they want to analyze, and no prior computational experience is required. This hands-on workshop teaches basic concepts, skills and tools for working more effectively with data.

We will cover Data organization in spreadsheets and OpenRefine, Introduction to R, Data analysis and visualization in R and SQL for data management. Participants should bring their laptops and plan to participate actively. By the end of the workshop learners should be able to more effectively manage and analyze data and be able to apply the tools and approaches directly to their ongoing research.

Who: The course is aimed at graduate students and other researchers.

Where: 1 Cyclotron Rd, Berkeley, CA 94720, Building 71B, Room 290. Get directions with OpenStreetMap or Google Maps.

Requirements: Participants must bring a laptop with a Mac, Linux, or Windows operating sytem (not a tablet, Chromebook, etc.) that they have administrative privileges on. They should have a few specific software packages installed (listed below). They are also required to abide by Data Carpentry's Code of Conduct.

Contact: Please mail for more information.

Preliminary Schedule


Please be sure to complete these surveys before and after the workshop.

Pre-workshop Survey

Post-workshop Survey

Day 1

9:00-9:30 Introduction and Install Help Erin
9:30-11:00 Data Organization in Spreadsheets Erin
11:00-11:15 Coffee Break
11:15-12:00 Data Organization in Spreadsheets cont. Erin
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-3:00 Data Cleaning with OpenRefine Erin
3:00-3:15 Coffee Break
3:15-4:00 Before we Start (R) Kristina
4:00-5:00 Intro to R Kristina

Day 2

9:00-9:30 Review and Questions Erin
9:30-10:30 Starting with Data Erin
10:30-10:45 Coffee Break
10:45-12:00 Manipulating Dataframes Erin
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-3:00 Visualizing Data Kristina
3:00-3:15 Coffee Break
3:15-4:40 R and SQL Kristina
4:40-5:00 Wrapup Erin

We will use this Etherpad for chatting, taking notes, and sharing URLs and bits of code.


To participate in a Data Carpentry workshop, you will need working copies of the described software. Please make sure to install everything (or at least to download the installers) before the start of your workshop. Participants should bring and use their own laptops to insure the proper setup of tools for an efficient workflow once you leave the workshop.

Please follow these Setup Instructions.

We maintain a list of common issues that occur during installation as a reference for instructors that may be useful on the Configuration Problems and Solutions wiki page.