ARCHER2 Data Carpentry

EPCC, The University of Edinburgh


Feb 12-15, 2024

09:30 - 13:00

Instructors: Evgenij Belikov

Helpers: Jaffery Irudayasamy, Chloe Brook


Please use the ARCHER2 course registration form to sign up for the workshop.

General Information

The Carpentries project comprises the Software Carpentry, Data Carpentry, and Library Carpentry communities of Instructors, Trainers, Maintainers, helpers, and supporters who share a mission to teach foundational computational and data science skills to researchers.

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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. 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: This training will take place online. The instructors will provide you with the information you will need to connect to this meeting.

When: Feb 12-15, 2024. Add to your Google Calendar.

Requirements: Participants must have access to a computer 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 dedicated to providing a positive and accessible learning environment for all. We do not require participants to provide documentation of disabilities or disclose any unnecessary personal information. However, we do want to help create an inclusive, accessible experience for all participants. We encourage you to share any information that would be helpful to make your Carpentries experience accessible. To request an accommodation for this workshop, please fill out the accommodation request form. If you have questions or need assistance with the accommodation form please email us.

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.

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


Mon, 12 Feb 2024

09:30 Pre-workshop Survey and Setup
10:00 Data Organization in Spreadsheets
11:00 Morning break
11:30 OpenRefine for Data Cleaning
13:00 END

Tue, 13 Feb 2024

09:30 Introduction to R
11:00 Morning break
11:30 Introduction to R (Continued)
13:00 END

Wed, 14 Feb 2024

09:30 Continuation of R: Data analysis and Visualization
11:00 Morning break
11:30 Continuation of R: Data analysis and Visualization (Continued)
13:00 END

Thu, 15 Feb 2024

09:30 Data Management with SQL
11:00 Morning break
11:30 ARCHER2 course feedback and Post-workshop Survey
11:45 Data Management with SQL (Continued)
13:00 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.

Install the videoconferencing client

We will use Blackboard Collaborate. An up-to-date web browser is needed. Further help can be found on the Collaborate Ultra Help for Participants page.

Set up your workspace

Like other Carpentries workshops, you will be learning by "coding along" with the Instructors. To do this, you will need to have both the window for the tool you will be learning about (a terminal, RStudio, your web browser, etc..) and the window for the Zoom video conference client open. In order to see both at once, we recommend using one of the following set up options:

This blog post includes detailed information on how to set up your screen to follow along during the workshop.