ARCHER2 Data Carpentry

Heriot-Watt University

6-7 June 2023

9:00 - 16:30 BST

Instructors: Juan Herrera, Evgenij Belikov

Helpers: Omololu Fagbiele, Abubakar Tukur

General Information

Data Carpentry develops and teaches workshops on the fundamental data skills needed to conduct research. Its target audience is researchers who have little to no prior computational experience, and its lessons are domain specific, building on learners' existing knowledge to enable them to quickly apply skills learned to their own research. Participants will be encouraged to help one another and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems.

For more information on what we teach and why, please see our paper "Good Enough Practices for Scientific Computing".

This workshop is provided by EPCC and organised in collaboration with ARCHER2 and Heriot-Watt University. ARCHER2, the UK's national supercomputing service, offers training in software development and high-performance computing to scientists and researchers across the UK. As part of our training service, we are running a Data Carpentry workshop.

Who: The course is aimed at graduate students and other researchers. You don't need to have any previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop.

Where: The National Robotarium, Heriot-Watt University, Boundary Rd N, Third Gait, Edinburgh EH14 4AS. Get directions with OpenStreetMap or Google Maps.

When: 6-7 June 2023. Add to your Google Calendar.

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 (listed below).

Accessibility: We are committed to making this workshop accessible to everybody. For workshops at a physical location, the workshop organizers have checked that:

Materials will be provided in advance of the workshop and large-print handouts are available if needed by notifying the organizers in advance. If we can help making learning easier for you (e.g. sign-language interpreters, lactation facilities) please get in touch (using contact details below) and we will attempt to provide them.

Contact: Please email for more information.

Roles: To learn more about the roles at the workshop (who will be doing what), refer to our Workshop FAQ.

Code of Conduct

Everyone who participates in Carpentries activities is required to conform to the Code of Conduct. This document also outlines how to report an incident if needed.

Collaborative Notes

We will use this collaborative document for chatting, taking notes, and sharing URLs and bits of code.


Please be sure to complete these surveys before the workshop:

Pre-workshop Survey

Please be sure to complete these surveys after the workshop:

ARCHER2 Course Feedback

Post-workshop Survey


Tuesday, 6 June 2023

09:00 Pre-workshop Survey and Setup
09:15 Data Organization in Spreadsheets
10:30 Morning break
11:00 OpenRefine for Data Cleaning
12:30 Lunch break
13:30 Introduction to R
15:00 Afternoon break
15:30 Introduction to R (Continued)
16:30 END

Wednesday, 7 June 2023

09:00 Continuation of R: Data analysis and Visualization
10:30 Morning break
11:00 Continuation of R: Data analysis and Visualization (Continued)
12:30 Lunch break
13:30 Data Management with SQL
15:00 Afternoon break
15:30 Data Management with SQL (Continued)
16:15 ARCHER2 course feedback and Post-workshop Survey
16:30 END


To participate in a Data Carpentry workshop, you will need access to software as described below. In addition, you will need an up-to-date web browser.

The setup instructions for the Data Carpentry Ecology workshops (with R) can be found at the workshop overview site.

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.