Geospatial Data Carpentry



July 13-17, 2020

9:00-10:00 a.m., or 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Instructors: Stephen Appel, Clare Michaud, Maria Kamenetsky, Cid Freitag, Sarah Graves, Anne Fouilloux

Helpers: Sarah Stevens

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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. It will be helpful to be familiar with R ahead of the workshop. Please work through this lesson if you need to learn R or review prior to the workskhop.

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

When: July 13-17, 2020.

Each day of the workshop, we will hold discussions from 9:00-10:00 a.m. and 3:00-4:00 p.m., and you can choose to attend one or the other. Watch the recorded lessons and work through the lesson modules before the discussion section that you choose to attend each day.

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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 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.

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 and after the workshop.

Pre-workshop Survey

Post-workshop Survey


Before each day, watch the video recordings and work through each module. Come to the workshop at either 9:00-10:00 a.m. or 3:00-4:00 p.m. for a discussion.

July 13

Before starting Pre-workshop survey
Introduction to Geospatial Concepts



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

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.

The setup instructions for the Data Carpentry Geospatial workshop can be found at the workshop overview site.