ACENET: Jan 12, 14, 19 & 21, 2021

Data organization and analysis for Humanities and Social Sciences


Jan 12, 14, 19 & 21, 2021

2:00 pm- 5:00 pm ADT

Instructors: Lydia Vermeyden, Lee Wilson, Margaret Vail

Helpers: TBD

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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: ONLINE. Get directions with OpenStreetMap or Google Maps.

When: Jan 12, 14, 19 & 21, 2021. Add to your Google Calendar.

Requirements: Participants must access a laptop or desktop 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 committed to making this workshop accessible to everybody.

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

Before starting Pre-workshop survey
Data Organization in Spreadsheets2:00 PM ADT
Office hours and setup for later sessions4:00 PM ADT
End 5:00 PM ADT

Day 2

OpenRefine for Data Cleaning2:00 PM ADT
Office hours and setup for later sessions4:30 PM ADT
End 5:00 PM ADT

Day 3

Introduction to R2:00 PM ADT
End 5:00 PM ADT

Day 4

Data Analysis & Visualization2:00 PM ADT
Post-workshop survey4:50 PM ADT
End5:00 PM ADT



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 Social Sciences workshops (with R) can be found at the workshop overview site.