Data Carpentry - Geospatial Workshop
@ George Washington University

Aug 19-20, 2019

9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Instructors: Eve Bohnett, Jaime Ashander

Helpers: Daniel Kerchner, Kean McDermott, Megan Potterbusch, Laura Wrubel

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, faculty, and other researchers. You don't need to have any previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop.

Where: NCLC @ Gelman Library, 2130 H St., NW, Washington, DC 20052. Get directions with OpenStreetMap or Google Maps.

When: Aug 19-20, 2019. 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).

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.

Accessibility: We are committed to making this workshop accessible to everybody. 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, or to be added to the waiting list if tickets are sold out.


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

Pre-workshop Survey

Post-workshop Survey


Day 1: Monday, August 19, 2019

Before starting Pre-workshop survey
09:00 Workshop Overview
Introduction to Geospatial Concepts
10:00Introduction to R for Geospatial Data
12:30Lunch break
13:30Geospatial Raster and Vector Data with R

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



To participate in a Data Carpentry workshop, you will need access to the software 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.

Geospatial Carpentries software

Before the workshop, please go to the Geospatial Carpentries workshop setup page and install all of the packages there.

If you encounter problems or have questions, please email us. We can set up an appointment to help if necessary.