Fall 2023 Mini-Workshops



Sep 13, 27-28; Oct 11, 25-26; Nov 8; Dec 6, 20

9:00 am - 12:30 pm CT

Instructors: Sarah Stevens, Chris Endemann, Erwin Lares, Cid Freitag, Jamene Brooks-Kieffer

Helpers: Erwin Lares, Siyuan Feng, Mary Roth, Chris Endemann, Sarah Stevens, Mary Murphy, Christina Koch

Event Registration & Promo Codes

Register for each desired mini-workshop below by clicking the corresponding ticket (max 1 ticket per event per person).

The CHTC workshop on November 8 is open only to UW-MADISON STUDENTS AND AFFILIATES and requires separate registration at http://go.wisc.edu/chtc-intro-nov2023.

Promo Codes

Please use the promotion code that pertains to you so that you are charged correctly. All tickets are set to the general admission price when a promotion code is not used. Insert the promotion code at the top of the registration box below and it will apply to all tickets in your order.

During ordering:

Group Description Price Promo Code
UW-Madison Students This ticket is for UW-Madison undergraduate and graduate students. Please use your WISC email to register so that affiliation can be confirmed. $10 UW_Student
UW-Madison Affiliates Please use your WISC email to register so that affiliation can be confirmed. $15 UW_Affiliate
Government/Non-Profit/Educational This is a discounted ticket for individuals who are affiliated with government, non-profit, or educational institutions. $50 Gov_NP_Edu
General Admission This ticket is for non-UW-Madison affiliated attendees. $150 Not Applicable

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General Information

This mini-workshop series aims to help researchers get their work done in less time and with less pain by teaching them basic research computing skills. Participants will be encouraged to help one another and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems. Please see the links in the schedule for more information on the content of each mini-workshop.

Who: The course is aimed at graduate students and other researchers. Please see the schedule table for the prerequisites for each mini-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: 9:00 am - 12:30 pm CT on the following dates: Sep 13, 27-28; Oct 11, 25-26; Nov 8; Dec 6, 20. 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. 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


Date Workshop Prerequisites Etherpad
September 13 Unix Shell None Etherpad
September 27-28 Intro to Machine Learning You need to have a basic familiarity with Python. Etherpad
October 11 Git/GitHub You need to be familiar with all of the commands taught in this Unix Shell lesson. Etherpad
October 25-26 Intro to Docker You need to be familiar with all of the commands taught in this Unix Shell lesson. Etherpad
November 8 CHTC Open only to UW-Madison students and affiliates. Etherpad
December 6 Interactive Data Visualizations in Python and Streamlit You need to have a base familiarity with Python. Knowledge of GitHub and Unix shell will be helpful, but not required. Etherpad
December 20 The Basics of Data Visualization None Etherpad


To participate in each Mini-Workshop workshop, you will need access to software as 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.

Install the workshop software

Date Workshop Setup Items
September 13 Unix Shell Setup Instructions
September 27-28 Intro to Machine Learning with Sklearn Setup Instructions
October 11 Git/GitHub Setup Instructions
October 25-26 Intro to Docker Setup Instructions
November 8 CHTC Setup Instructions
December 6 Interactive Data Visualizations in Python Setup Instructions
December 20 The Basics of Data Visualization Setup Instructions