Data Carpentry using R

Macquarie University

6-7 December 2022

9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Instructors: Richard Miller, Lori Hurley

Helpers: Belinda Fabian, Yuri Niella, Ken Siu, Sooin Byeon, Piy Ratana, Rajendra Regmi, Amara Jabeen, Duyi Zhong

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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: Room 1.63, 14 Sir Christopher Ondaatje Ave (14SCO). Get directions with OpenStreetMap or Google Maps.

When: 6-7 December 2022. Add to your Google Calendar.

Requirements: Participants must bring a laptop 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. For workshops at a physical location, the workshop organizers have checked that:

Materials will be provided in advance of the workshop and large-print handouts are available if needed by notifying the organizers in advance. If we can help making learning easier for you (e.g. sign-language interpreters, lactation facilities) please get in touch (using contact details below) and we will attempt to provide them.

Contact: Please email odette.subijano@mq.edua.u 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.


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

Pre-workshop Survey

Post-workshop Survey


Day 1 - Tuesday, 6 December 2022

Before Pre-workshop survey
09:30 Introduction to R and RStudio
Morning break
Data Structures
12:00 Lunch Break
Exploring Data Frames
Morning break
Publication-Quality Graphics with ggplot2
16:30 END

Day 2 - Wednesday, 7 December 2022

09:30 Control Flow
Morning break
Functions Explained
12:30 Lunch Break
Manipulation with dplyr
Morning break
Using with tidyr
16:30 END
After Post-workshop Survey


To participate in a Data Carpentry 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.

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