NOAA NEFSC Narragansett Data Carpentry Ecology in R

NOAA Fisheries, Northeast Fisheries Science Center

July 13th-17th


Instructors: Shaily Gandhi, Chandra Sarkar, Adam Hughes, Erin Roberts

Helpers: Andy Jones, Brooke Wright

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 researchers and graduate students. You don't need to have any previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop.

Where: Narragansett, RI (online). Please refer to the etherpad ( for Webex links to join each day. Get directions with OpenStreetMap or Google Maps.

When: July 13th-17th. 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. Materials will be provided in advance of the workshop. If we can help making learning easier for you (e.g. sign-language interpreters) please get in touch (using contact details below) and we will attempt to provide them.

Contact: Please email , , , or 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.

Collaborative Notes

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


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

Pre-workshop Survey

Post-workshop Survey


Day 1

Before starting Pre-workshop survey
9:00 - 10:00amOpenRefine for Data Cleaning
10:00 - 10:15amBreak
10:15 - 11:30am Introduction to R
11:30 - 11:45amBreak
11:45 - 1:00pm Introduction to R (contd.)

Day 2

9:00 - 10:00am Starting with data in R
10:00 - 10:15amBreak
10:15 - 11:30amStarting with data in R (contd.)
11:30 - 11:45amBreak
11:45 - 1:00pm Starting with data in R (contd.)

Day 3

9:00 - 10:00am Manipulating, analyzing and exporting data
10:00 - 10:15amBreak
10:15 - 11:30amManipulating, analyzing and exporting data (contd.)
11:30 - 11:45amBreak
11:45 - 1:00pm Manipulating, analyzing and exporting data (contd.)

Day 4

9:00 - 10:00am Data Visualisation with ggplot2
10:00 - 10:15amBreak
10:15 - 11:30amData Visualisation with ggplot2 (contd.)
11:30 - 11:45amBreak
11:45 - 1:00pm Data Visualisation with ggplot2 (contd.)

Day 5

9:00 - 10:00am SQL databases and R
10:00 - 10:15amBreak
10:15 - 11:30amSQL databases and R (contd.)
11:30 - 11:45amBreak
11:45 - 1:00pm Questions from learners
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 Ecology workshops (with R) can be found at the workshop overview site.