R Basics

University of California Santa Barbara

May 22nd and 29th, 2020

8:30am - 12:30pm

Instructors: Jon Jablonski, Greg Janee, Li Kui, Mary Donovan, Rob Levenson

Helpers: Torin White, Ian Lessing, Kristi Liu, Sanjeev Kolli, Renata Curty, Mireia Valle, Camila Vargas


Registration & waitlist is at capacity for this event. Please subscribe to UCSB Carpentry workshops list-serve to be alerted when new workshops are published. We plan holding online workshops throughout the summer quarter. They will be sent to the list serve and posted on https://ucsbcarpentry.github.io/ as soon as the events are published.

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: Remote - Zoom. Get directions with OpenStreetMap or Google Maps.

When: May 22nd and 29th, 2020. 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. 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 library-collaboratory@ucsb.edu for more information.

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.

Collaborative Notes

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


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

Pre-workshop Survey

Post-workshop Survey


May 22nd

Before starting Pre-workshop survey
8:30am Setting up RStudio
9:10am Intro to R
10:40am Starting with Data
12:30pm END



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.

Please make sure to have R and R Studio installed BEFORE the workshop. If you have used R in the past, make sure to run an update. Use the instructions on the setup page to install or update, as well as download the data you will be using during this workshop.

The setup instructions for the Data Carpentry Social Sciences workshops (with R) can be found at the workshop overview site.