University of the Western Cape Data Carpentry Workshop

19-20 March, 2020

9am - 4pm

Instructors: Angelique van Rensburg, Tadiwanashe Gutsa, Oghenere Salubi, Amieroh Abrahams, Peter van Heusden

Helpers: To Be Announced

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. This workshow will use the Data Carpentry Social Sciences curriculum. While that curriculum specifically uses examples from the social sciences the workshop is not restricted to people with a social science background.

Where: SANBI Seminar Room, 5th floor, Life Sciences Building, University of the Western Cape, Robert Sobukwe Road, Bellville. Get directions with OpenStreetMap or Google Maps.

When: 19-20 March, 2020. 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). If you are struggling with software installation, assistance will be available between 2pm and 4pm on the 18th of March at the Max Theiler seminar room in SANBI on the 5th floor of the Life Sciences Building.

Accessibility: We are committed to making this workshop accessible to everybody. 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.

Registration: Please complete this Registration form. Limited space is available. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served principle.

Contact: Please email for more information.

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




To participate in a Data Carpentry workshop, you will need access to the software 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.