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A Data Carpentry Workshop

Federal Reserve Board

Jun 2-3, 2016

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Instructors: John Moreau, Kyler Brown

Helpers: TBD

General Information

This Data Carpentry workshop is for researchers at the Federal Reserve Board. No computational experience is required. This hands-on workshop teaches basic concepts, skills and tools for working more effectively with data.

We will cover Data organization in spreadsheets and OpenRefine, Introduction to R, SQL for data management and Data analysis and visualization in R. Participants should bring their laptops and plan to participate actively. By the end of the workshop learners should be able to more effectively manage and analyze data and be able to apply the tools and approaches directly to their ongoing research.

Who: This workshop is for research and technical personnel at the US Federal Reserve Board of Governors. Registration is limited to current employees of the Federal Reserve Board.

Where: 1709 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20006. Get directions with OpenStreetMap or Google Maps.

Requirements: Participants must register for the workshop through the Federal Reserve Board's internal systems. Any participant who does not have the software installed on their work computer should contact IT for assistance. All participants are also required to abide by Data Carpentry's Code of Conduct.

Contact: Please mail Alice Allen for more information.

Schedule Overview

Day 1

Morning Data organization in spreadsheets and OpenRefine
Afternoon Introduction to R

Day 2

Morning SQL for data management
Afternoon Data analysis and visualization in R

Detailed Information:
For more information about the workshop, please visit our workshop wiki. This page includes a detailed tenative schedule for the workshop, links to our lesson materials, and more information about the dataset we will use. Please note that the schedule may be adjusted during the workshop to meet participant needs.

We will use this Etherpad for chatting, taking notes, and sharing URLs and bits of code. Be sure to bookmark the URL on your personal computer for future reference.


For this workshop, the Federal Reserve Board IT staff have installed the necessary software onto the training room computers. If you do not have these programs on your work computer, please contact IT directly. If you would like to follow-up on the workshop lessons at home, you will need working copies of R, RStudio, Firefox Browser, the SQLite plug-in for Firefox, and OpenRefine.

To install these programs on a personal computer (not owned by the Federal Reserve Board), please follow these Setup 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.