Introduction to Geospatial Raster and Vector Data with R

UC Santa Barbara Library

June 10-11, 2024

10:00 am - 2:00 pm PT

Instructors: Julien Brun, Jon Jablonski, Kristi Liu, Jose Nino Muriel

Helpers: Kristi Liu, Jose Nino Muriel, Patty Park

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

Where: Davidson Library, 525 U-Cen Rd, Santa Barbara, CA. Get directions with OpenStreetMap or Google Maps.

When: June 10-11, 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 or 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.


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

Pre-workshop Survey

Post-workshop Survey


Day 1 - June 10

Before starting Pre-workshop survey - Setup
10:00 AM Workshop intro
10:15 AM Intro to Raster Data
11:00 AM Plot Raster Data
11:55 AM Break - Lunch
12:10 PM Reproject Raster Data
1:05 PM Raster Calculations
2:00 PM End of day 1

Day 2 - June 11

10:00 AM Review
10:15 AM Work with Multi-Band Rasters
11:10 AM Open and Plot Vector Layers
12:05 PM Break - Lunch
12:20 PM Explore and Plot by Vector Layer Attributes
1:15 PM Plot Multiple Vector Layers
2:00 PM Post-Workshop Survey - End of day 2


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.

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.

The setup instructions for the Data Carpentry Geospatial workshop can be found at the workshop overview site.