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Data Carpentry Workshop

Queen's University Belfast

Jun 01-02, 2017

09:30 am - 4:30 pm

Instructors: Manos Farsarakis, Juan Herrera

Helpers: TBD

General Information

ARCHER, the UK's national supercomputing service, offers training in software development and high-performance computing to scientists and researchers across the UK. As part of our training service we are running a two-day Data Carpentry workshop.

The Software Sustanability Institute's mission is to cultivate better, more sustainable, research software to enable world-class research (better software, better research). Software is fundamental to research: seven out of ten UK researchers report that their work would be impossible without it.

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 and OpenRefine, Introduction to R, Data analysis and visualization in R and SQL for data management. 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.

This workshop is being run by EPCC, as part of ARCHER, and The Software Sustainability Institute (SSI).

Who: The course is aimed at graduate students and other researchers.

Where: Room MAP.01.004, Mathematics and Physics Teaching Centre, QUB. Get directions with OpenStreetMap or Google Maps.

Requirements: Participants must bring a laptop with a Mac, Linux, or Windows operating sytem (not a tablet, Chromebook, etc.) that they have administrative privileges on. They should have a few specific software packages installed (listed below). They are also required to abide by Data Carpentry's Code of Conduct.

Contact: Please mail support@archer.ac.uk for more information.

Registration

To register, or to get more information, please, visit the ARCHER training page.


Preliminary Schedule

Surveys

Please be sure to complete these surveys before and after the workshop.

Pre-workshop Survey

Post-workshop Survey

Day 1

Morning Data organization in spreadsheets and OpenRefine
Afternoon Introduction to R

Day 2

Morning Data analysis and visualization in R
Afternoon SQL for data management

Break times

Start: 9:30
Morning break: 10:30 - 11:00
Lunch break: 12:00 - 13:00
Afternoon break: 14:30 - 15:00
Finish: 16:30

Hackpad: Follow this link..
We will use this Hackpad for taking notes, and sharing URLs and bits of code.


Setup

To participate in a Data Carpentry workshop, you will need working copies of the described software. Please make sure to install everything (or at least to download the installers) before the start of your workshop. 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.

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.