Data Carpentry Ecology Workshop

Nord University (Online)


October 14-16, 2020

9:15 - 15:30

Instructors: Luca Di Stasio, Endre Sebestyén

Helpers: Abdurhman Kelil Ali, Kari Haugset Alterskjær, Tadeu Fernando Nogueira

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

When: October 14-16, 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.). 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 , , , or 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


October 14, 2020

Pre-workshop survey
09:15-09:30 Welcome and Introduction by Organizers
09:30-09:45 Welcome and Introduction by Instructors
09:45-10:30 Data Organization in Spreadsheets
10:30-10:45 Coffee Break
10:45-11:45 Data Organization in Spreadsheets
11:45-12:30 Lunch Break
12:30-13:50 Introduction to R
13:50-14:05 Coffee Break
14:05-15:25 Introduction to R
15:25-15:30 Feedback and wrap-up
15:30 END

October 15, 2020

09:15-09:30 Recap on previous day
09:30-10:20 Starting with data
10:20-10:35 Coffee Break
10:35-11:30 Starting with data
11:30-12:30 Lunch Break
12:30-13:50 Manipulating, analyzing and exporting data with tidyverse
13:50-14:05 Coffee Break
14:05-15:25 Manipulating, analyzing and exporting data with tidyverse
15:25-15:30 Feedback and wrap-up
15:30 END

October 16, 2020

09:15-09:30 Recap on previous day
09:30-10:20 Data visualization with ggplot2
10:20-10:35 Coffee Break
10:35-11:30 Data visualization with ggplot2
11:30-12:30 Lunch Break
12:30-13:50 Data visualization with ggplot2
13:50-14:05 Coffee Break
14:05-15:25 Review, Q/A, further exercises
15:25-15:30 Feedback and wrap-up
15:30 END
Post-workshop survey



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.

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.

The setup instructions for the Data Carpentry Ecology workshops (with R) can be found at the workshop overview site.