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A Data Carpentry Workshop

Iowa State University

August 11-12, 2016

9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Instructors: Jin Choi, Fan Yang, Carolyn Lawrence-Dill, Renee Walton

Helpers: Julian Trachsel

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 Organizing your data, and intro, Unix shell tutorial, Automation, Data analysis and visualization in R and Data analysis with R dplyer. 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.

We would also like to acknowledge USDA Award 2016-68003-24604 for their support of Jin Choi and Fan Yang in developing training materials for bioinformatics.

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

Where: 1306 Elings Hall, Ames, IA. 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

Day 1

Morning Organizing your data, and intro
Afternoon Unix shell tutorial, Automation

Day 2

Morning Data analysis and visualization in R
Afternoon Data analysis with R dplyer

Click Here for Detail Schedule

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.