Research Data Service

Data Carpentry

Data Carpentry workshops focus on introductory computational skills needed for data management and analysis in all domains of research. It is ideal training for PhD students and researchers wishing to learn how to use open source tools to make their research open and reproducible. You do not need to have any previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop.

The course consists of two full-day workshops on Tuesday, 12 June and Wednesday, 13 June 2018. Please ensure you can attend both days.

Course content: 

Day 1

  • Using spreadsheets effectively
  • OpenRefine
  • Programming with R

Day 2

  • Visualisation with R
  • Databases and SQL

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Course documentation: is now available on GitHub:

Requirements: Participants must bring a laptop with a Mac, Linux, or Windows operating system (not a tablet, Chromebook, etc.) that they have administrative privileges on. They should have a few specific software packages installed (see below). They are also required to abide by the Carpentries Code of Conduct.

Accessibility: We are committed to making this workshop accessible to everybody. The workshop organisers have checked that:

  • The room is wheelchair / scooter accessible.
  • Accessible restrooms are available.

Materials will be provided in advance of the workshop and large-print handouts are available if needed by notifying the organisers in advance.

Eligibility: Registration is free and open to all University of Edinburgh staff and postgraduate students.

Booking: Book a place via University Events.

Software to be installed: To participate in a Data Carpentry workshop, you will need access to the following software:  R, SQLite and OpenRefine. It is requested that this software is installed in advance of attending the course.

You will find instructions on how to install each software depending on your operating system in the 'Setup' section of the course documentation: Software setup

Contact: Please email if you have any questions.


About the instructors :

R programming and visualisation: Edward Wallace, The Institute for Adaptive and Neural Computation (ANC), University of Edinburgh.

OpenRefine: Manos Farsarakis,  EPCC, University of Edinburgh.

Databases and SQL: Ioanna Lampaki, EPCC, University of Edinburgh.

Using spreadsheets: Giacomo Peru, EPCC, University of Edinburgh.

The Software Sustainability Institute is a collaboration between UK universities, one of which is Edinburgh, engaged in uplifting the digital (software and data) skills and awareness of the Higher Education community, in view of more trustworthy and reproducible research.

The Data Carpentry Foundation is a sister organisation of Software Carpentry Foundation designed to teach researchers skills to retrieve, view, manipulate, analyse and store their or other people's data in an open and reproducible way.




Data Carpentry

This workshop is hosted by Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre, and organised in collaboration by ARCHER, the Software Sustainability Institute, and the Research Data Service.

David Hume Tower - LG.07 - Teaching Studio