Intro to Data Analysis and Visualization in R

University of California, Santa Barbara

July 26 & 28, 2022

9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Instructors: Dave Hunter, Amanda Ho, Chris Kibler

Helpers: Kristi Liu, Seth Erickson

Registration for this workshop opens on Friday, July 1st at 8:00am PST

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General Information

To practice the skills you will be learning in this workshop, we highly recommend registering for either of our advanced topics in R workshops:

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: Workshops are open to all staff, faculty, students, and other researchers in the Santa Barbara Area- including UCSB, Westmont, and SB Community College. You don't need to have any previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop.

When: July 26 & 28, 2022. 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.

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


Day 1

Before Pre-workshop survey
9:30 am Workshop Introduction
9:45 am Before We Start
10:00 am Introduction to R
10:45 am Break
11:00 am Starting With Data
11:30 am Manipulating, Analyzing, and Exporting Data
12:15 pm Wrap-Up
12:30 pm End Day 1

Day 2

9:30 am Review
9:45 am Manipulating, Analyzing, and Exporting Data
10:30 am Break
10:45 am Data Visualization with ggplot
12:15 pm Wrap-Up
12:30 pm End Workshop
After Post-Workshop Survey


To participate in a Data Carpentry workshop, you will need access to software as described below. In addition, you will need an up-to-date web browser. Please refer to this setup page for detailed install 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.