Data Carpentry Geospatial

University of Kansas


August 4-5, 2021

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Instructors: Samantha Thomas, Sam Zipper, PhD

Helpers: Thane Kindred, Nate Jones, Samantha Thomas, Sam Zipper, Jamene Brooks-Kieffer, Rob Ramos, Pietro de Mello, Paul Trana

General Information

Data Carpentry develops and teaches workshops on the fundamental data skills needed to conduct research. 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: You don't need to have any previous knowledge of geospatial data to attend this workshop. However, you do need to have some knowledge of R. This workshop assumes that you are able to:

If you’re unsure whether you have enough experience to participate in this workshop, please review this introductory R lesson material. If most of these concepts are familiar to you, you should be able to participate fully in this 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: August 4-5, 2021. 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.

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



To participate in this Data Carpentry workshop, you will need to download the workshop data and install software specific to working with geospatial data in R. You will also need R, RStudio, and some specific R packages. Give yourself plenty of time to download, unzip, and install everything you need.

Complete data and software setup instructions for this Data Carpentry Geospatial workshop are available at the workshop overview site.

Update from the organizers: If you are following the software installation instructions for macOS, we recommend the Install with Packages (Beginner) method for a local installation. To avoid complications of a local installation, the Docker option works well on macOS. The local installation Homebrew (Advanced) method is not working correctly due to issues with some of the packages called.

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.