Introduction to Geospatial Raster and Vector Data with R

UC Santa Barbara Library


April 7 & 8, 2022

3:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Instructors: Echelle Burns, Jon Jablonski, Gavin McDonald, Kristi Liu

Helpers: Amanda Ho, Jason Flower, Amelia Meyer

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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: This training will take place online. The instructors will provide you with the information you will need to connect to this meeting.

When: April 7 & 8, 2022. Add to your Google Calendar.

Requirements: Participants must have access to a computer 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 dedicated to providing a positive and accessible learning environment for all. Please notify the instructors in advance of the workshop if you require any accommodations or if there is anything we can do to make this workshop more accessible to you.

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.


For a few of us, teaching Carpentry workshops is part of our job descriptions, but most are volunteers from around campus and the academic Santa Barbara community - including researchers, post-docs, graduate students, faculty, and staff. Meet the instructors and helpers:

Echelle Burns | she/her | Project Scientist with Environmental Markets Lab at UCSB with a background in fish movement and ecology.
Jason Flower | he/him | Project Researcher at Environmental Markets Lab at UCSB working on marine spatial planning and coastal and fisheries management on islands in the Caribbean, Pacific, and Western Indian Ocean.
Amanda Ho | she/her | Library staff at the Interdisciplinary Research Collaboratory for instructional design and support.
Jon Jablonski | he/him | A frustrated Sinologist, Jon struggles with code as if it were Sanskrit.
Kristi Liu | she/her | A UCSB Geography alum and Library staff member, Kristi spends her free time gluing tiny little GPS units to bees and monitoring regional meteorology
Gavin McDonald | he/him | Senior Project Researcher at Environmental Markets Lab at UCSB with a background in fisheries science, big data, and machine learning.
Amelia Meyer | she/her | A fourth-year Statistics and Data Science major, German minor working as a student assistant in the collaboratory.

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


A precise schedule is yet to be established, please check back closter to the start of the workshop. The workshop will include regular breaks. Please contact the workshop organisers if you would like more information about the planned schedule.

Day 1

Before starting Pre-workshop survey
3:30 pm Workshop Introduction
3:45 pm Introduction to Raster Data
4:35 pm Plot Raster Data
5:15 pm Break
5:30 pm Reproject Raster Data
5:50 pm Raster Calculations
6:20 pm Work With Multi-Band Rasters
6:30 pm END


To participate in a Data Carpentry workshop, you will need access to software as described on this page: Setup Page. 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.

Install the videoconferencing client

If you haven't used Zoom before, go to the official website to download and install the Zoom client for your computer.

Set up your workspace

Like other Carpentries workshops, you will be learning by "coding along" with the Instructors. To do this, you will need to have both the window for the tool you will be learning about (a terminal, RStudio, your web browser, etc..) and the window for the Zoom video conference client open. In order to see both at once, we recommend using one of the following set up options:

This blog post includes detailed information on how to set up your screen to follow along during the workshop.