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A Data Carpentry Workshop

University of Sheffield

July 26-27, 2017

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Instructors: Beth Montague-Hellen, Jez Cope, Will Furnass, Anna Krystalli


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, Data cleaning with openRefine, 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, postdocs and other researchers.

Where: Bartolomé House, Winter Street, Sheffield, S3. 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.



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

Pre-workshop Survey

Post-workshop Survey

Wednesday 26th July

9.00am Registration
9.30am Data organization in spreadsheets
11.30am Lunch
1.30pm Data cleaning with openRefine
3.30pm Day 1 Wrap Up
4.00am Day 1 Finish

Day 2

9.00am Data analysis and visualization in R
11.45am Lunch
1.00pm SQL for data management
4.00pm Day 2 Wrap Up
4.30am Day 2 Finish

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.