Carpentries@Manchester: Data Carpentry Workshop (R)

University of Manchester


14 - 17 September 2021

9:30 - 12:30 , BST (UTC+1)

Instructors: Aleksandra Nenadic, Nilani Ganeshwaran, Reka Solymosi

Helpers: Duncan Bradley, Nathan Khadaroo, Aleks Nenadic

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".

The workshop is organised jointly by colleagues from Methods@Manchester, the University of Manchester Library, the University of Manchester Research IT, and Manchester branch of the Software Sustainability Institute.

We are committed to providing a positive and accessible learning environment for all. Please notify the hosts 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.


The workshop is aimed at the University of Manchester’s postgraduate students and research and other staff who develop software or deal with or analyse data as part of their work. You don’t need to have any previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop - this is an introductory-level course.

When & Where

The workshop will be run online over 4 half-days, from 14 - 17 September 2021, 9:30 - 12:30 BST (UTC+1). We will meet using the online videoconference software Zoom. You will need to download and install Zoom client to connect with your instructors. The Zoom link to use for this event will be announced via email to registered participants.


Registration is free via EventBrite. You will need a special code to register - please get in touch with Aleksandra Nenadic using your Manchester email address.


Participants must have a laptop/PC with a Mac, Linux, or Windows operating system (rather than a tablet, Chromebook, etc.) that they have administrative privileges on. They should have a few specific software packages installed (listed below).

Code of Conduct

All participants (including instructors, helpers and observers) are required to abide by The Carpentries Code of Conduct.


Please email for more information.

Collaborative Notes

We will use this collaborative document for chatting, taking notes, and sharing URLs and bits of code during the workshop.


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

Pre-workshop survey

Post-workshop survey


Day 1, 14 September 2021, 9:30 - 12:30 BST (UTC+1)

Data Organisation in Spreadsheets Best Practice

Day 2, 15 September 2021, 9:30 - 12:30 BST (UTC+1)

Data Cleaning with OpenRefine

Day 3, 16 September 2021, 9:30 - 12:30 BST (UTC+1)

Data Analysis and Visualisation in R - Part 1

Day 4, 17 September 2021, 9:30 - 12:30 BST (UTC+1)

Data Analysis and Visualisation in R - Part 2


Installation instructions

To participate in this workshop, you will need to install a spreadsheet program, OpenRefine and RStudio as described at the setup instructions for social sciences Data Carpentry workshops. We will hold a pre-workshop setup session to help you with any installation problems.

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.