Bayes Centre

Data Carpentry

These non-credit-bearing workshops are delivered fully online and focus on the fundamental tools and methods for data entry, cleaning, analysis and visualisation, using sample datasets from specific fields. The workshops are suited to all work roles with a component of data analysis.


Data Carpentry workshops teach fundamental data skills needed for anyone that deals with data and datasets. These two-day online workshops focus on the introductory computational skills needed for data management and analysis. The model is based on a community of certified instructors who teach at the workshops, and contributors who maintain the lesson materials. The instructors come from a range of backgrounds with sound experience in dealing with data.

Lesson materials are all available under a CC-BY licence and maintained by the community itself. They are used as the modular bricks to build a slightly different version of the workshop depending on the attendee needs.  You can find out further information on Data Carpentries here and more specifically Data Carpentries at The University of Edinburgh here.

These are introductory-level workshops. They provide foundational skills – no prior knowledge is needed.

The target audience for this workshop are learners who have little to no prior computational experience. We create a friendly environment for learning to empower you and enable data-driven good practices. The workshops are highly interactive and hands-on.

You have the choice of three versions of workshops depending on your specific area of interest:

  1. Data organising with spreadsheets, data cleaning with OpenRefine, data analysis with RStudio.
  2. Data organising with spreadsheets, data cleaning with OpenRefine, data analysis with Python.
  3. Data organising with spreadsheets, data cleaning with OpenRefine, data organising and data analysis with SQL.


Workshop Delivery Schedule

* Dates for 2021 will be added soon. Dates from 2020 are available below for reference. 

To book your place please register by clicking your chosen date and following the instructions (further dates will be availiable to book very soon).  These workshops are free to those who meet the eligibility criteria but be aware that places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis only to those who are eligible.  You can check your eligibility on the Funding Opportunities page.  Due to the limited number of places on these workshops there is a limit of one place per person, you are permitted though to join a waiting list for a second choice.

Date Time Workshop type (see above)
16-17 April 2020 (Complete) 9am Workshop 2
29-30 April 2020 (Complete) 9am Workshop 3
13-14 May 2020 (Complete) 9am Workshop 1
26-27 May 2020 (Complete) 9am Workshop 2
4-5 June 2020 (Complete) 9am Workshop 3
16-17 June 2020 (Complete) 9am Workshop 1
1-2 July 2020 (Complete) 9am Workshop 2

Entry Requirements

Though there are no specific entry requirements, learners will be expected to have a basic knowledge of computers.  Prior to attending, you will be asked to complete a pre-workshop survey to assess your level of knowledge.  This will assist the instructors in tailoring the workshops accordingly.