Data Carpentry (Social Sciences with R)

Carnegie Mellon University

November 15-17, 2023

9:00 am - 12:00 pm Eastern Time (UTC -5)

Instructors: Bella Ratmelia, Rahul Sangole, Gorata Malose

Helpers: Chasz Griego, Emma Slayton, Sarah Young, Lencia Beltran, Melanie Gainey, Kristen Scotti

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. Get directions with OpenStreetMap or Google Maps.

When: November 15-17, 2023. 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 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 - Open Refine & R Basics (Instructor: Gorata)

Before starting Pre-workshop survey
9:00 Welcome
9:10 Data Organization in Spreadsheets
10:05OpenRefine for Data Cleaning
11:05Introduction to R
11:55Questions & Wrap Up

Day 2 - R Episodes 3, 4, 5 (Instructor: Rahul)

9:00 Welcome and Recap from last session
9:10Starting with Data
10:00Data Wrangling with dplyr
11:00Data Wrangling with tidyr
11:50Questions & Wrap Up

Day 3 - R Episode 6 & 7 (Instructor: Bella)

9:00 Welcome and Recap from last session
9:10Data Visualization with ggplot2
10:00Data Visualization with ggplot2 (Continued)
11:10R Markdown
11:50Questions & Wrap Up
END 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 Social Sciences workshops (with R) can be found at the workshop overview site.