CSUSB Data Carpentry Workshop, June 2022

CSU San Bernardino

Online (link)

June 16th & 17th, 2022

11.30a-5p (Day 1); 8.30a-5p (Day 2)

Instructors: Richard Gayle, Pauline Karega, Elif Dede Yildirim

Helpers: Quinn Asena, Benjamin Becerra, Essia Hamouda, Blessing Nwogu

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: online at https://csusb.zoom.us/j/83623312306. If you need a password or other information to access the training, the instructor will pass it on to you before the workshop.

When: June 16th & 17th, 2022. Add to your Google Calendar.

Requirements: Participants must have access to a computer 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 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 Essia.Hamouda@csusb.edu 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 Etherpad 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


June 16th, 2022 - 11:30 am to 5 pm

Before starting:Pre-workshop survey
Zoom opens at 11.30 am for technical questions
12 pm - 3:30 pmData Organization in Spreadsheets (Elif and Pauline)
3:30 pm - 5 pmInstalling R and R Studio; Introduction to R (Elif and Richard)

June 17th, 2022 - 8:30 am to 5 pm

Zoom opens at 8:30 am for technical questions
9 am - 12:30 pm: Introduction to R, Continued (Elif and Pauline)
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm: Lunch
1:30 pm - 5 pm: Continuation of R: Data Analysis & Visualization (Richard)
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.

You will need to download and install the following software:

The R programming language software

R Studio, an integrated development environment (IDE) for R

Here are links to the Carpentries curricula for this workshop:

Data Organization in Spreadsheets for Social Scientists

Data Analysis and Visualization with R for Social Scientists

PLEASE NOTE: In order to download and install these pieces of software you will need administrative privileges on the computer you are using. If you do not have such privileges, contact your systems adminstrator as soon as possible.

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 Social Sciences workshops (with R) can be found at the workshop overview site.