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A Data Carpentry Workshop

Ethiopian Research and Education Network

Aug 14-16, 2017

Aug 14: 13:00 - 17:00, Aug 15 & 16: 09:00 - 17:00

Instructors: Anelda van der Walt, Lactatia Motsuku, Glenn Moncrieff

Helpers: Yoseph Abate, Mesfin Diro, Bonny Adane

Ethiopian Research and Education Network The Education Strategy Center Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit Talarify

General Information

Data Carpentry workshops are for any researcher who has data they want to analyze, and no prior computational experience is required. This hands-on workshop teaches basic concepts, skills and tools for working more effectively with data.

We will cover Software installation, Data organization in spreadsheets, Data cleaning with OpenRefine, Introduction to R, Data Analysis and Visualisation in R and Developing post-workshop learning communities. Participants should bring their laptops and plan to participate actively. By the end of the workshop learners should be able to more effectively manage and analyze data and be able to apply the tools and approaches directly to their ongoing research.

Who: The course is aimed at graduate students and other researchers from any research field including but not limited to health, life, natural, and social sciences, and engineering. Please note that no prior computing or programming experience is required. The course is aimed at developing foundational competencies in data handling through the tools whcich will be taught.

Organisers: The first Data Carpentry workshop in Ethiopia is jointly organised by the Ethiopian Research and Education Network, Ethiopian Education Strategy Center, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit and Talarify.

Where: Addis Ababa Institute of Technology, King George VI St, Addis Ababa - Exact venue to be confirmed. Get directions with OpenStreetMap or Google Maps.

Requirements: Participants must bring a laptop with a Mac, Linux, or Windows operating sytem (not a tablet, Chromebook, etc.) that they have administrative privileges on. They should have a few specific software packages installed (listed below). They are also required to abide by Data Carpentry's Code of Conduct.

Contact: Please mail for more information.

Participation: Participants will be selected and invited by the Ministry of Education, Ethiopia.

Preliminary Schedule


Please be sure to complete these surveys before and after the workshop.

Pre-workshop Survey

Post-workshop Survey

Day 1 - Monday 14 August

Day 2 - Tuesday 15 August

Day 3 - Wednesday 16 August

14:00 Installations/Ice Breaker/Introductions 09:00 Data Cleaning with OpenRefine 09:00 Data visualisation in R
15:00 Data formatting in Spreadsheets 10:40 Break 10:40 Break
16:30 Wrap-up 11:00 Introduction to R 11:00 Data visualisation in R
17:00 Finish 12:30 Break 12:30 Break
13:15 Data analysis in R 13:15 Applied Examples with R
14:45 Break 14:45 Break
15:00 Data analysis in R 15:00 Developing communities of practice - study groups
16:30 Wrap up 16:30 Wrap up
17:00 Finish 17:00 Finish

We will use this Etherpad for chatting, taking notes, and sharing URLs and bits of code.


To participate in a Data Carpentry workshop, you will need working copies of the described software. Please make sure to install everything (or at least to download the installers) before the start of your workshop. Participants should bring and use their own laptops to insure the proper setup of tools for an efficient workflow once you leave the workshop.

Please follow these Setup Instructions.

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.