Data Carpentry workshop for Social Sciences

@TU Delft

Feb 3-4, 2020

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Instructors: Nicolas Dintzner, Claudia Engelhardt, Kees den Heijer, Barbara Vreede

Helpers: Jeff Love, Yan Wang, Mateusz Kuzak, Masha Rudneva, Esther Plomp, Lora Armstrong

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.

Where: TU Delft Library (Building 21) - Orange Room, Prometheusplein 1, 2628 ZC Delft. Get directions with OpenStreetMap or Google Maps.

When: Feb 3-4, 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).

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.

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.

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
09:00 Welcome and introduction
09:15 Data Organization in Spreadsheets (Part 1)
10:15 Coffee
10:30 Data Organization in Spreadsheets (Part 2)
11:30 Check of Software set up
12:00 Lunch
13:00 OpenRefine for Social Science Data
15:00 Coffee
15:30 R for Social Sciences (Part 1) Introduction to R
17:00 END

Day 2

09:00 R for Social Sciences (Part 2) Starting with Data
10:30 Coffee
10:45 R for Social Sciences (Part 3) Introducing dplyr and tidyr
12:30 Lunch
13:30 R for Social Sciences (Part 4) Data Visualisation with ggplot2
15:00 Coffee
15:15 R for Social Sciences (Part 5) Data Visualisation with ggplot2
16:45 Wrap up and Post-workshop survey
17:00 Closing Drinks and Networking Opportunity



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.