Data Carpentry for Social Sciences

Data Carpentry for Social Sciences

General Information

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.

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: 1812 Sir Issac Brock Blvd. Get directions with OpenStreetMap or Google Maps.

When: February 23 – 24, 2023. Add to your Google Calendar.

Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm (EST)

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:

  • The room is wheelchair / scooter accessible.
  • Accessible restrooms are available.

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.

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.

Hybrid Event

We will be running this event in a hybrid format. The In-Person component will be held in the Digital Collaboratory (RFP 216). The online component will be held using Discord. If attending online please ensure that you have the Discord Desktop Platform installed for the best experience.


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

Pre-workshop Survey

Post-workshop Survey

Tim Ribaric

Tim Ribaric is the Digital Scholarship Librarian at The Brock Library. He has a Masters degree in Computer Science and is presently working on his PhD in Educational Studies. He has taught hundreds of hours on the topic of technology and primarily on introducing novices to new software tools. Tim is also a dog person.

Daniel Brett

Daniel Brett works as the Technical Support person for the Brock University Digital Scholarship Lab.  He has a Bachelors degree in Interactive Arts and Science and is a certified Software Carpentry instructor.  Half of his time in the Digital Scholarship Lab is spent working with researchers to develop tools and proficiencies to take their work to the next level and the other half is spent running workshops on a wide variety of digital tools.  He has a pet lizard named Calcifer.

Registration opens Thursday December 1, 2022.

Questions? Please email for more information.