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A Data Carpentry Workshop

PyCon 2016

May 29, 2016

9:00 am - 12:20 pm

Instructors: Tracy Teal

Helpers: Luiz Irber, Jessica Mizzi, Camille Scott

General Information

Data Carpentry workshops are for any researcher who has data they want to analyze, and no prior computational experience is required. This hands-on workshop teaches basic concepts, skills and tools for working more effectively with data.

We will cover data analysis and visualization in Python. 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.

Who: The course is aimed at people looking to learn Python for data analysis and visualization.

Where: Oregon Convention Center. Get directions with OpenStreetMap or Google Maps.

Requirements: Participants must bring a laptop with a Mac, Linux, or Windows operating sytem (not a tablet, Chromebook, etc.) that they have administrative privileges on. They should have a few specific software packages installed (listed below). They are also required to abide by Data Carpentry's Code of Conduct.

Contact: Please mail for more information.

Preliminary Schedule


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

Pre-workshop Survey

Post-workshop Survey

Reference materials for the workshop:
These are lessons for a full day workshop. We will be covering a subset of these materials.


9:00 Welcome and Getting Started
9:15 Introduction to Python and Starting with Data in pandas
10:30Working with Data and Plotting with matplotlib
12:20End of tutorial

We will use this Etherpad for chatting, taking notes, and sharing URLs and bits of code.


To participate in this Data Carpentry workshop, you will need to install Python and download the data used in the workshop. Please make sure to install everything (or at least to download the installers) before the start of your workshop. 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.

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.