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Data Organization in Spreadsheets for Social Scientists: Setup

Data

You need to download some files to follow this lesson:

  1. Download the following three files:
  2. Place these 3 files in a folder you can easily find and access on your computer (or instance in a datacarpentry-spreadsheets folder on your Desktop or within your Home folder).

About the data

To learn more about the data, For more information about the dataset and to download it from Figshare, check out the Social Sciences workshop data page.

Software

To interact with spreadsheets, we can use LibreOffice, Microsoft Excel, Gnumeric, or other programs. Commands may differ a bit between programs, but the general ideas for thinking about spreadsheets are the same.

For this lesson, if you don’t have a spreadsheet program already, you can use LibreOffice. It’s a free, open source spreadsheet program.

Windows

  • Download the Installer
  • Install LibreOffice by going to the installation page. The version for Windows should automatically be selected. Click Download Version X.X.X (whichever is the most recent version).
  • Install LibreOffice
  • Once the installer is downloaded, double click on it and LibreOffice should install.

Mac OS X

  • Download the Installer
  • Install LibreOffice by going to the installation page. The version for Mac should automatically be selected. Click Download Version X.X.X (whichever is the most recent version).
  • Install LibreOffice
  • Once the installer is downloaded, double click on it and LibreOffice should install.

Linux

  • Download the Installer
  • Install LibreOffice by going to the installation page. The version for Linux should automatically be selected. Click Download Version X.X.X (whichever is the most recent version).
  • Install LibreOffice
  • Once the installer is downloaded, double click on it and LibreOffice should install.