2022-03-22-NUAcT Data Carpentries Workshop

Newcastle University

22, 23 and 25 March 2022

09:00 - 17:00

Instructors: Dr. Kate Court, Dr. Jannetta Steyn

Helpers: Imre Draskovitz, Stuart Lewis

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: Medical School 4.2. Get directions with OpenStreetMap or Google Maps.

When: 22, 23 and 25 March 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 kate.court@newcastle.ac.uk or jannetta.steyn@newcastle.ac.uk 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

Start End Length Episode
09:00 09:15 00:15:00 Intro and pre-workshop survey
09:15 09:40 00:25:00 Introduction to raster data
09:40 09:55 00:15:00 Coordinate reference systems
09:55 10:05 00:10:00 The geospatial landscape
10:05 10.30 00:25:00 Introduction to R and RStudio
10:30 10:45 00:15:00 BREAK
10:45 11:00 00:15:00 Project management with Rstudio
11:00 11:55 00:55:00 Data structures
11:55 12:55 01:00:00 LUNCH
12:55 13:25 00:30:00 Exploring data frames
13:25 14:00 00:35:00 Subsetting data
14:00 14:15 00:15:00 BREAK
14:15 14:55 00:40:00 Data frame manipulation with dplyr
14:55 15:30 00:35:00 Introduction to visualisation
15:30 15:50 00:20:00 Writing data

Day 2

Start End Length Episode
09:00 09:50 00:50:00 Intro to raster data
09:50 10:05 00:15:00 BREAK
10:05 11:25 01:20:00 Plot raster data
11:25 12:25 01:00:00 Reproject raster data
12:25 13:25 01:00:00 LUNCH
13:15 14:15 01:00:00 Raster calculations
14:15 14:30 00:15:00 BREAK
14:30 15.30 01:00:00 Work with multi-band rasters
15:30 16:00 00:30:00 Open and plot shapefiles

Day 3

Start End Length Episode
09:00 10:00 01:00:00 Explore and plot by vector layer attributes
10:00 11:00 01:00:00 Plot multiple shapefiles
11:00 11:15 00:15:00 BREAK
11:15 12:15 01:00:00 Handling spatial projection & CRS
12:15 13:15 01:00:00 LUNCH
13:15 14:15 01:00:00 Convert from .csv to a shapefile
14:15 15:15 01:00:00 Manpipulate raster data
15:15 16:15 01:00:00 Raster time series data


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.