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A Data Carpentry Workshop

University of Rhode Island - Coastal Institute on Bay Campus, Hazard Conference Room

June 7-8, 2017

8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Instructors: Jeff Hollister (@jhollist), Rachel Schwartz (@rachelss)

Helpers: Q Kellogg, Alexa Sterling (@aquaticsterling), Benjamin Gabriel

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: 210 South Ferry Road, Narragansett, RI. 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

8:00 am - 8:30 pm Registration/Breakfast
8:30 am - 12:00 pm Morning Data organization in spreadsheets and OpenRefine Spreadsheet Lesson, Open Refine Lesson
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm - 4:30 pmAfternoon Introduction to R R Part 1 Lesson

Day 2

8:00 am - 8:30 pm Registration/Breakfast
8:30 am - 12:00 pmMorning Data analysis and visualization in R R Part 2 Lesson
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm - 4:30 pmAfternoon SQL for data managementSQL Lesson, R-SQL Lesson
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Post Workshop Social The Mews

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.