Data Carpentry Workshop
National Data Integrity Conference

University of Colorado
Student Commons Building | Room 2500
Tuesday - Wednesday | 31 May - 1 June 2016
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

General Information

Data Carpentry workshops are for any researcher who has data they want to analyze, and no prior computational experience is required. This hands-on workshop teaches basic concepts, skills and tools for working more effectively with data. We will cover data organization in spreadsheets, data cleaning, SQL and R for data analysis and visualization. Participants should bring their laptops and plan to participate actively. By the end of the workshop learners should be able to more effectively manage and analyze data and be able to apply the tools and approaches directly to their ongoing research.

Data Carpentry's aim is to teach researchers basic concepts, skills, and tools for working with data so that they can get more done in less time, and with less pain.

Preliminary Schedule

Updates will be posted to this website as they become available.

Day 1

8:30am | Installation help 
9:00am | Data organization in spreadsheets and data cleaning with Google Refine (formerly OpenRefine)
1:00pm | Introduction to R 

Day 2

9:00am | Data analysis and visualization in R 
1:00pm | SQL for data management
Organizer:  Shea Swauger at Auraria Library

Instructors:  Dr. Tracy Teal, Dr. Shelley Knuth

Assistants:  Dr. Daniel Godwin, Dr. Tzu Phang and Dr. Laura Saba

Who:  The course is aimed at faculty, research staff, post-doctorates, graduate students, advanced undergraduates, and other researchers in any field. No prior computational experience is required.


Register for either the Data Carpentry Workshop or the National Data Integrity Conference, or for both.

Register Online
Data Carpentry Workshop | Tuesday - Wednesday, 31 May - 1 June 2016
All registrants:  $100
Limited to 40 attendees


To participate in a Data Carpentry workshop, you will need working copies of the shell, R, RStudio, SQL and Google Refine (formerly OpenRefine). Please make sure to install everything (or at least to download the installers) before the start of your bootcamp. Participants should bring and use their own laptops to insure the proper setup of tools for an efficient workflow once you leave the workshop.

Please follow these Setup Instructions.
Requirements:  Data Carpentry's teaching is hands-on, so participants are welcome to bring in and use their own laptops to insure the proper setup of tools for an efficient workflow after the workshop. Instructions on setting up the required software prior to the workshop are available at the Setup Instructions. If you do not have administrative privileges on your laptop, please contact your IT department one to two weeks prior to the workshop to ensure all necessary software is properly installed. Should you not have access to a laptop, they are also available to participants through the Auraria Library that will come with all software pre-installed. To reserve a laptop, please email There are no pre-requisites, and we will assume no prior knowledge about the tools. Participants are required to abide by Data Carpentry's Code of Conduct

Contact:  Please email for questions and information not covered here.

Acknowledgements & Support

Data Carpentry is supported by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and a partnership of several NSF-funded BIO Centers (NESCent, iPlant, iDigBio, BEACON and SESYNC) and Software Carpentry. The structure and objectives of the curriculum as well as the teaching style are informed by Software Carpentry.