Biodiversity Informatics Workshop - Data Carpentry Bootcamp

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What: Biodiversity Informatics Workshop - a Data Carpentry Bootcamp.
Host: National Evolutionary Synthesis Synthesis Center (NESCent)
Where: Durham, North Carolina
When: Thursday and Friday, May 8 - 9, 2014
Further information, instructors, and registration are available at the course website:
Twitter: #datacarpentry

UPDATE: read more about what happened at this workshop:

  1. Inaugural Data Carpentry workshop May 8-9, 2014 at NESCent  by Tracy K. Teal
  2. Our First Data Carpentry Workshop by Karen Cranston
  3. Tales from A Data Carpentry Workshop: In Demand. by Deb Paul, Kevin Love, and Matt Collins

Important: Please register for the workshop by April 23rd, so we can invite others if spaces aren't filled by participants from the NSF Bio Centers. Space is limited. No funds are provided but there is no fee for the workshop.

The National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent*) is running a Data Carpentry bootcamp at NESCent's facilities in Durham, NC, on May 8-9, 2014, and we invite you to attend. Data Carpentry's aim is to teach researchers basic concepts, skills, and tools for working with data so that they can get more done in less time, and with less pain.

Our curriculum includes:
  Day 1 a.m.: Getting data out of Excel and into more powerful tools
  Day 1 p.m.: Managing data in R.
  Day 2 a.m.: Introduction to databases, combining and querying data using SQL.
  Day 2 p.m.: Collaborative data management & publishing data.

Data Carpentry's teaching is hands-on, so participants are required to bring their own laptops.  (We will provide instructions on setting up the required software several days in advance, and NESCent does have a few loaner laptops if you can't bring one). There are no pre-requisites, and we will assume no prior knowledge about the tools.

Data Carpentry is a partnership of the NSF-funded BIO Centers (NESCent, iPlant, iDigBio, BEACON and SESYNC) and Software Carpentry and is sponsored by the Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE). These NSF-funded projects combined efforts to put together this course in data management, data analysis, and data publishing. The structure and objectives of the curriculum as well as the teaching style are informed by Software Carpentry (see

If you have questions not answered by the registration website, please email

We look forward to seeing you there, and please forward this announcement to others who might be interested.

From iDigBio's Deborah Paul and Matt Collins, on behalf of the workshop instructors


*The National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) is a nonprofit science center dedicated to cross-disciplinary research in evolution. NESCent is jointly operated by Duke University, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and North Carolina State University, and is sponsored by the National Science Foundation. NESCent is located at 2024 W. Main Street, Suite A200, Durham, NC 27705-4667.

Start Date: 
Thursday, May 08, 2014 (All day) to Friday, May 09, 2014 (All day)
North Carolina