Find us on GitHub

A Data Carpentry Workshop

VLSCI, University of Melbourne

Nov 23-24, 2015

9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Instructors: Ira Cooke, Clare Sloggett, Matthew Wakefield

Helpers: Juan Nunez-Iglesias, Simon Gladman

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, The shell for genomics, Introduction to R and Data analysis and visualization in R. 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: LAB-14, 700 Swanston Street, Carlton VICTORIA 3053. Get directions with OpenStreetMap or Google Maps.

Requirements: Participants must bring a laptop with 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.


Monday 23rd November

9:30 - 12:30 Data organisation in spreadsheets and OpenRefine
12:30 - 1:30 Lunch break
1:30 - 4:30 The shell for genomics

Tuesday 24th November

9:30 - 12:30 Introduction to R
12:30 - 1:30 Lunch break
1:30 - 4:30 Data analysis and visualization in R


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.