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Spatio-temporal Data Carpentry Workshop

University of Oslo

Mar 15-16, 2016

9:00 am - 17:00 pm

Instructors: Leah Wasser, Michel Heeremans, Anne Fouilloux

Helpers: Arnstein Orten, Jørn Viljar Arnesen, Hans Peter Verne, Leon du Toit, Sofia Lulseghade Abrha

General Information

More information about this workshop is available here.

Data Carpentry workshops are for any researcher who has data they want to analyze, and no prior computational experience is required. This hands-on workshop teaches basic concepts, skills and tools for working more effectively with data.

The focus of this workshop will be on working with spatio-temporal data and data management and analysis for Geoscience research. We will cover The shell: command line for data exploration, Spatial Data Formats and coordinate reference systems, Vector Data in R, Raster Data in R, Metadata / Data Management and Raster Time Series Data 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: The course is aimed at graduate students and other researchers dealing with spatio-temporal data.

Where: Kristine Bonnevies Hus, room 2621, Blindernveien 31, 0851 Oslo. Entrance from Moltke Moes Road.. Get directions with OpenStreetMap or Google Maps.

Requirements: Participants must bring a laptop with a few specific software packages installed (listed below). They are also required to abide by Data Carpentry's Code of Conduct.

Contact: Please mail for more information.

Preliminary Schedule

Day 1: 9AM - 5PM

09:00 The shell: command line for data exploration
10:30 Coffee/tea break
10:45 Spatial Data Formats and coordinate reference systems
12:00 Lunch break
13:00 Vector Data in R
15:00 Coffee/tea break
15:15 Vector Data in R
16:45 Wrap-up Day 1

Day 2: 9AM - 5PM

09:00 Raster Data in R
10:30 Coffee/tea break
10:45 Raster Data in R
11:30 Metadata / Data Management
12:00 Lunch break
13:00 Raster Time Series Data in R
15:00 Coffee/tea break
15:15 Raster Time Series Data in R
16:45 Wrap-up Day 2

We will use this Etherpad for chatting, taking notes, and sharing URLs and bits of code.


To participate in a Data Carpentry workshop, you will need working copies of the described software. Please make sure to install everything (or at least to download the installers) before the start of your workshop. Participants should bring and use their own laptops to insure the proper setup of tools for an efficient workflow once you leave the workshop.

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.