University of Oslo

September 25-26, 2018

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Instructors: Dmytro Perepølkin, Raoul Wolf, Athanasia Monika Mowinckel

Helpers: Dmytro Perepølkin, Raoul Wolf, Athanasia Monika Mowinckel

General Information

This is not a full Software Carpentry, but an R tidyverse workshop based on Software Carpentry material.

Software Carpentry aims to help researchers get their work done in less time and with less pain by teaching them basic research computing skills. This hands-on workshop will cover basic concepts and tools, including program design, version control, data management, and task automation. 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 "Best 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: Seminarrom 3213, Kristine Bonnevies hus, Blindernveien 31, 0371 Oslo. Get directions with OpenStreetMap or Google Maps.

When: September 25-26, 2018. 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). They are also required to abide by Software Carpentry's Code of Conduct.

Accessibility: We are committed to making this workshop accessible to everybody. The workshop organisers 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 and we will attempt to provide them.

Contact: Please email for more information.

Schedule and Syllabus

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

08:30 Introduction to RStudio and tidyverse
09:00 Elegant data visualisations with ggplot2
10:30 Coffee
10:45 Elegant data visualisations with ggplot2 (continued)
11:30 Lunch break
12:30 Data manipulation with dplyr
13:45 Coffee
14:00 Easily arrange data with tidyr
15:00 Quick intro to vectors and lists
16:00 Day wrap up

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

08:30 Recap of yesterday's materials and pre-read
09:30 Introduction to functions in R
10:30 Coffee
10:45 Functional programming with purrr
11:30 Lunch break
12:30 Functional programming with purrr
13:45 Coffee
14:00 Operating with list-cols
16:00 Worshop wrap-up

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


To participate in a Software Carpentry workshop, you will need access to the software 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.


R is a programming language that is especially powerful for data exploration, visualization, and statistical analysis. To interact with R, we use RStudio.


Video Tutorial

Install R by downloading and running this .exe file from CRAN. Also, please install the RStudio IDE. Note that if you have separate user and admin accounts, you should run the installers as administrator (right-click on .exe file and select "Run as administrator" instead of double-clicking). Otherwise problems may occur later, for example when installing R packages.

Mac OS X

Video Tutorial

Install R by downloading and running this .pkg file from CRAN. Also, please install the RStudio IDE.


You can download the binary files for your distribution from CRAN. Or you can use your package manager (e.g. for Debian/Ubuntu run sudo apt-get install r-base and for Fedora run sudo yum install R). Also, please install the RStudio IDE.