Data Carpentry with R

Netherlands eScience Center


Oct 18-21, 2021

9:00 - 13:00 CEST

Instructors: Lieke de Boer, Mateusz Kuzak, Francesco Nattino

Helpers: Dafne van Kuppevelt, Djura Smits, Hanno Spreeuw

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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".

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.

Certification: For this workshop, upon request, we issue attendance certificates. The participation is equivalent to 2 GS or ECTS points.

Requirements: Participants must bring a laptop or a desktop 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 softwarepackages installed. Detailed softare and data setup instructions are listed on a setup page. Videoconferencing setup guidelines are provided below.

Accessibility: We are dedicated to providing a positive and accessible learning environment for all. Please notify the instructors in advance of the workshop if you require any accommodations or if there is anything we can do to make this workshop more accessible to you.

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 and after the workshop.

Pre-workshop Survey

Post-workshop Survey


Day 1 . Oct 18th

09:00 Welcome and pre-workshop survey
09:15 Data Organization in Spreadsheets
10:45 Coffee break
11:00 OpenRefine for Data Cleaning
12:00 Coffee break
12:15 OpenRefine for Data Cleaning (Continued)
12:45 Wrap-up
13:00 END

Day 2. Oct 19th

09:00 Introduction to R and RStudio
10:15 Coffee break
10:30 Introduction to R and RStudio (Continued)
11:30 Coffee break
11:45 Starting with Data
12:45 Wrap-up
13:00 END

Day 3. Oct 20th

09:00 Starting with Data (Continued)
10:15 Coffee break
10:30 Data Wrangling with dplyr and tidyr
11:30 Coffee break
11:45 Data Wrangling with dplyr and tidyr
12:45 Wrap-up
13:00 END

Day 4. Oct 21st

09:00 Data Visualisation with ggplot2
10:15 Coffee break
10:30 Data Visualisation with ggplot2 (continued)
11:30 Coffee break
11:45 Processing JSON data
12:30 Wrap-up and post-workshop Survey
13:00 END


In order to prepare for the workshop follow our detailed installation 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.

Install the videoconferencing client

If you haven't used Zoom before, go to the official website to download and install the Zoom client for your computer.

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.