Data Upskilling Short Courses 2024: R, Regular Expressions, SQL

University of Edinburgh


07-10 May 2024


Instructors: Ben King, Katie Fala, Haolan Tu

Helpers: Aleksandra Chybowska, Bartłomiej Chybowski, Diego Chillón, Katie Fala

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: This training will take place online. The instructors will provide you with the information you will need to connect to this meeting.

When: 07-10 May 2024. Add to your Google Calendar.

Requirements: Participants must have access to a computer 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 dedicated to providing a positive and accessible learning environment for all. We do not require participants to provide documentation of disabilities or disclose any unnecessary personal information. However, we do want to help create an inclusive, accessible experience for all participants. We encourage you to share any information that would be helpful to make your Carpentries experience accessible. To request an accommodation for this workshop, please fill out the accommodation request form. If you have questions or need assistance with the accommodation form please email us.

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; Attendance list for Day 1
Morning 10:00-12:00R programming: Setup and introduction to R
Lunch Break 12:00-13:00 Including 15min time for questions
Afternoon 13:00-15:00R programming: Working with data

Day 2

Before starting Attendance list for Day 2
Morning 10:00-15:00 R programming: Data wrangling
Lunch Break 12:00-13:00 Including 15min time for questions
Afternoon 13:00-15:00R programming: Visualising results

Day 3

Before starting Attendance list for Day 3
Morning 10:00-12:00 Working with Data: Regular Expressions
Lunch Break 12:00-13:00 Including 15min time for questions
Afternoon 13:00-15:00 Working with Data: Regular Expressions

Day 4

Before starting Attendance list for Day 4
Morning10:00-12:00 Data Management with SQL
Lunch Break 12:00-13:00 Including 15min time for questions
Afternoon13:00-15:00 Data Management with SQL
Follow-upPost-workshop survey


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.

Install the videoconferencing client

If you haven't used Zoom before, go to the official website to download and install the Zoom client for your computer.

Set up your workspace

Like other Carpentries workshops, you will be learning by "coding along" with the Instructors. To do this, you will need to have both the window for the tool you will be learning about (a terminal, RStudio, your web browser, etc..) and the window for the Zoom video conference client open. In order to see both at once, we recommend using one of the following set up options:

This blog post includes detailed information on how to set up your screen to follow along during the workshop.

The setup instructions for the Data Carpentry Social Sciences workshops (with R) can be found at the workshop overview site.