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Data Carpentry for Social Sciences

OSCL members, amongst which our representative in the Archaeology faculty, were part of Data Carpentry for Social Sciences. Here's what happened.

The Data Carpentry for Social Sciences workshop was hosted (virtually) by Leiden University and TU Delft from 5th-8th of July, from 9.00-13.00 -- it was a great success. These kind of hands-on workshops are very useful, and the hope is that more will take place in the upcomming year. 

For this particular workshop, four days were divided into the following topics that can be found online, with the first day using Excel, LibreOffice Calc, and OpenRefine, and the remainder focusing on R:
Day 1: Spreadsheet organisation and data cleaning in OpenRefine
Day 2: Introduction to R and RStudio
Day 3: Data Wrangling with the tidyverse
Day 4: Data visualisation and reporting with ggplot and R Markdown
Certified Data Carpentry instructors from Leiden University and TU Delft, plus a handful of helpers, guided the participants through a curriculum based on open source lessons from Data Carpentry, an organisation/community that trains researchers in core data skills, focusing on accessibility, inclusivity, and reproducibility. Participants had a great experience learning new ways to organise, visualise, and report data analyses in a reproducible manner; and many were enthusiastic to expand on what they learned in the future, and were inquiring about workshops on more advanced topics beyond the scope of The Carpentries. If you are also interested in a workshop on a particular topic, please let the Open Science Community know here.

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