Data Carpentry Genomics Workshop

George Washington University

August 19-21, 2024

August 19-20 - 9:00am-5:00pm EDT
August 21 - 9:00am-12:30pm EDT

Instructors: Dan Kerchner, Clark Gaylord, Chiraag Gohel


General Information

The Carpentries project comprises the Software Carpentry, Data Carpentry, and Library Carpentry communities of Instructors, Trainers, Maintainers, helpers, and supporters who share a mission to teach foundational computational and data science skills to researchers.

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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, postdoctoral researchers, faculty, advanced undergraduates, researchers, and staff of the George Washington University and its affiliated institutions, including Children's National Hospital. This lesson assumes no prior experience with the tools covered in the workshop. However, learners are expected to have some familiarity with biological concepts, including DNA sequences and genomic variation within a population.

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

When: August 19-21, 2024. 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 for more information.

Roles: To learn more about the roles at the workshop (who will be doing what), refer to our Workshop FAQ.


Registration is required for this workshop. The registration form can be accessed via the button 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.


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

Pre-workshop Survey

Post-workshop Survey


Schedule is approximate.


The setup instructions for the Data Carpentry Genomics workshop can be found at the workshop overview site under "Required additional software". You do not need to proceed to "Option A" or "Option B". In addition, you will need an up-to-date web browser.

A list of common issues that occur during installation can be found on the Configuration Problems and Solutions wiki page.