Data Carpentry Workshop

Iowa State University

Elings 3306
August 24-25, 215
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

General Information

Data Carpentry workshops are for any researcher who has data they want to analyze, and no prior computational experience is required.

The focus of this workshop will be on working with genomics data and data management and analysis for genomics research. We will cover project setup, connecting to and using cloud computing, the command line for sequence quality control and bioinformatics workflows, and R for data analysis and visualization. We will not be teaching any particular bioinformatics tools, but the foundational skills that will allow you to conduct any analysis and analyze the output of a genomics pipeline.

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.

Data Carpentry's aim is to teach researchers basic concepts, skills, and tools for working with data so that they can get more done in less time, and with less pain.

Organizer: Adina Howe, Julian Trachsel, Heather Allen

Instructors: Adina Howe, Fan Yang

Assistants: Jin Choi, Julian Trachsel, Heather Allen

Who: The course is aimed at faculty, research staff, postdocs, graduate students, advanced undergraduates, and other researchers in any field. No prior computational experience is required.

Requirements: Data Carpentry's teaching is hands-on, so participants are encouraged to bring in and use their own laptops to insure the proper setup of tools for an efficient workflow once you leave the workshop. (We will provide instructions on setting up the required software several days in advance, and the classroom will have computers with the software installed). There are no pre-requisites, and we will assume no prior knowledge about the tools. Participants are required to abide by Software Carpentry's Code of Conduct.

Contact: Please email for questions and information not covered here.

Twitter: @datacarpentry

Acknowledgements & Support

Data Carpentry is supported by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and a partnership of several NSF-funded BIO Centers (NESCent, iPlant, iDigBio, BEACON and SESYNC) and Software Carpentry. The structure and objectives of the curriculum as well as the teaching style are informed by Software Carpentry. This workshop is sponsored by Iowa State University Microbiology Graduate Student Organization. We also thank for the Iowa State University College of Business for the colorful stickie notes!


Registration is through EventBrite, see below.

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The etherpad for this workshop can be found HERE

All lessons and resources:


Monday09:00 - 09:15 Introduction to Data Carpentry
Monday09:15 - 09:30 Pre-class survey
9:30 - 10:00 Introduction on data ditiness
10:00 - 10:30 Introduction to cloud computing
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 - 11:30 Introducing Ecoli evolution experiment; Retreiving and examining SRA data and runtable
11:30 - 12:00 Unix file system
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch break
13:00 - 14:00 Seaching files; Know your data
14:00 - 14:30 Coffee break
14:30 - 15:00 Unix organization; Read QC
15:00 - 16:00 Shell automation; wrap-up
Tuesday 09:00 - 09:30 Before we start with R
09:30 - 10:00 Introduction to R
10:00 - 10:30 Coffee break
10:30 - 11:00 Starting with data
11:00 - 12:00 Data frames
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch Break
13:00 - 13:30 R automation
13:30 - 14:15 Data manipulation with dplyr
14:15 - 14:30 Coffee break
14:30 - 15:30 Data visualization
15:30 - 16:00 Review and wrap-up


To participate in a Data Carpentry workshop, you will need working copies of the shell, R, RStudio, SQL and OpenRefine. Please make sure to install everything (or at least to download the installers) before the start of your bootcamp. 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