Data Carpentry for Geospatial Data

Delft University of Technology

Nov 18, 21, 2022

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Instructors: Aleksandra Wilczynska, Claudiu Forgaci, Clémentine Cottineau

Helpers: Aleksandra Wilczynska, Ana Petrović, Ashley Cryan, Claudiu Forgaci, Clémentine Cottineau, Daniele Cannatella, Manuel Gilberto Garcia Alvarez

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: Blue Room (Nov 18) and Orange Room (Nov 21), TU Delft Library. Get directions with OpenStreetMap or Google Maps.

When: Nov 18, 21, 2022. 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. For workshops at a physical location, 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.

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.


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
Morning Introduction to R and Rstudio
Project Management With RStudio
Data Structures
Exploring Data Frames
Subsetting Data
Data frame Manipulation with dplyr
Introduction to Visualization
Writing Data
Afternoon Open and Plot Shapefiles
Explore and Plot by Vector Layer Attributes
Plot Multiple Shapefiles
Handling Spatial Projection & CRS
Convert from .csv to a Shapefile
Evening END

Day 2

Morning Intro to Raster Data
Plot Raster Data
Reproject Raster Data
Raster Calculations
Work With Multi-Band Rasters
Afternoon Vector data from OpenStreetMap
Basic GIS operations with the `sf` package
Manipulate Raster Data
Evening Post-workshop survey
Drinks & Snacks


To participate in a Data Carpentry workshop, you will need access to software as 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 Geospatial workshop can be found at the workshop overview site.