Fall Semester Mini Workshops



Sept. 16, Sept. 30, Oct. 14, Nov. 11, Nov. 25, and Dec. 9, 2020

9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Instructors: Madison Youngblom, Clare Michaud, Sarah Stevens, Anne Fouilloux, Toby Hodges, Aleksandra Nenadic, Christina Koch

Helpers: Maij Xyooj, Casey Schacher, Nathaniel Schleif, Sarah Stevens, Lauren Michael, Moksha Menghaney, Elizabeth McDaniel, Erwin Lares, Julian Bauer

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General Information

Carpentries Workshops aim to help researchers get their work done in less time and with less pain by teaching them basic research computing skills. These hands-on workshops will cover basic concepts and tools, including program design, version control, data management, and task automation. 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 "Best 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.

When: Sept. 16, Sept. 30, Oct. 14, Nov. 11, Nov. 25, and Dec. 9, 2020. 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 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 facilitator@datascience.wisc.edu 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


Before Pre-workshop survey
Sept. 16 Automating Tasks with the Unix Shell Etherpad
Sept. 30 Data Management with SQL Etherpad
Oct. 14 Version Control with Git/GitHub (PREREQ: For this workshop, you need to be familiar with all of the commands taught in this unix shell lesson.) Etherpad
Nov. 11 Jekyll Pages (same workshop as on November 25) Etherpad
Nov. 25 Jekyll Pages (same workshop as on November 11) Etherpad
Dec. 9 Introduction to Docker (PREREQ: For this workshop, you need to be familiar with all of the commands taught in this unix shell lesson.) Etherpad


To participate in a Mini-workshop 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.

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.

Software Installation

Please install the software relevenat for your workshop by following the setup link provided in the table below.