What is a Carpentries Workshop?

The Carpentries teaches in-person workshops around the world on the foundational skills to work effectively and reproducibly with data and code. Our certified volunteer Instructors are trained in pedagogy and focus on creating a motivating and engaging environment for learners. Our workshops are inclusive and hands-on, empowering students to learn new skills and build confidence in using them in their work.

Because our workshops are taught around the world, we have a team of Regional Coordinators to help support the coordination of workshop activities. They are available to answer any questions or concerns you may have about our workshops or The Carpentries in general.

We encourage you to check out our upcoming and past workshops to see examples of how The Carpentries workshops are run.


Carpentries by the numbers

2,528

instructors

63,025

learners

2,521

workshops

* Learners count is estimated based on average workshop attendance of 25.


Workshop Curriculum



Data Carpentry workshops are for people who work with data in their research and want to learn how to code and organise their projects to work more effectively and reproducibly with data.

Library Carpentry workshops are for people working in library- and information-related roles to build software and data skills. The workshops are domain-agnostic though datasets used will be familiar to library staff.

Software Carpentry workshops are for people who are learning to code to develop software or learn best-practices in software development. Lessons are domain-agnostic, and teach the Unix shell, coding in R or Python, and version control using Git.

There are many options for you to choose from! To help you decide which Lesson Program is best for your audience, please read the descriptions of our curricula.

Organising a Workshop


The Carpentries offers two types of workshops: Centrally-Organised and Self-Organised.

Requesting a Centrally-Organised Workshop


Centrally organised workshops come with the full support of The Carpentries Workshop Administration team! These workshops are organised for a fee. The Regional Coordinator for your region will locate and coordinate instructors for the workshop. We want to ensure your workshop is successful. Therefore we ask that you request Centrally-Organised workshops at least 2-3 months before your desired workshop date. To learn more about the process for organising a workshop please review the Workshop Checklist.

Summary of workshop costs
Institution typeWorkshop coordination feeInstructor Travel
Non-profit or governmentUS $2500Estimate US $2000*
For-profitContact us**

* We work to find local instructors, but you should budget for instructor travel
** 50% of fees for for-profit institutions go to support workshops in areas with financial need
Read more about our workshop costs.

Registration of Self-Organised Workshops


The Carpentries welcomes you to organise and run your own workshop. This means you are already connected with our certified Instructors and will work with them on all aspects of workshop organisation. When planning a Self-Organised workshop we ask that you complete the self organised workshop notification form to notify us of your planned workshop so that we can add your workshop to our website, provide support (in the form of survey result links and AMI instances for Genomics workshops), and get instructors and helpers credit for the workshops they teach. To learn more about the process for organising a workshop please review the Workshop Checklist. Since you will be taking care of all the logistics, there is no administrative fee due to The Carpentries for running a Self-Organised workshop.

Remember, we want to know about any workshops you teach that use The Carpentries material! If you teach a workshop that is shorter or longer format, or mixes and matches from Lesson Programs, we are piloting tracking these workshops. You can register a Self-Organised workshop and it will be listed on The Carpentries webpage.

What are the requirements for a Carpentries workshop?


A Carpentries workshop must meet the following requirements:

What are the Core curricula for a Carpentries Workshop?


Official Carpentries workshops meet the workshop requirements listed above, including teaching a lesson program's core curriculum. The core curriculum for each lesson program is listed below:

Data Carpentry workshops should contain the following:

  • A lesson on data organisation
  • Any three other lessons from in the same domain in the Data Carpentry curriculum

Library Carpentry workshops should contain the following:

  • Any three lessons from the Library Carpentry curriculum

Software Carpentry workshops should contain Software Carpentry lessons on:

  • The Unix Shell
  • Version Control with Git
  • A programming language (R or Python)

Workshop Cost


Our instructors are volunteers and are not paid for their time teaching. Therefore we ask the host to cover travel and accommodation costs for instructors assigned to teach at your institution.
  • The total cost of hosting a workshop includes both the Workshop Administration Fee and travel expenses for the instructors.
  • The administration fee is used to support staff time with this partnership. You will be provided with exceptional customer service and timely support from our Workshop Administration Team and Regional Coordinators.

Workshop Administration Fee (Government and non-profit institutions):

  • $2500 US (Applies only to Centrally-Organised workshops being coordinated outside of a Carpentries membership)
  • The Carpentries staff will recruit instructors to teach your workshop and will assist with managing registration, if needed.
  • To keep workshops accessible, The Carpentries will take responsibility for standard fees that arise due to an organisation’s location outside of the US. We see this as good business practice within a global community.

Workshop Administration Fee (For Profit institutions):

For information on fees for for-profit organisations, please contact us. 50% of workshop coordination fees for for-profit organisations go towards supporting workshops in areas with financial need.

All invoices will be issued by Community Initiatives, our fiscal sponsor. The Carpentries staff will work with host sites to manage the invoicing process.

Workshop Administration Scholarship

Scholarships may be available for workshops that reach new or under-served communities. If you are interested in hosting a Centrally Organised workshop and would like to request assistance covering the fee, please complete the Workshop Request Form. Select the option “I am requesting a scholarship to waive the administrative fee” and answer the required questions. If a scholarship is awarded, the host will still be responsible for the instructor travel expenses.

Travel Expenses for Instructors:

The instructors selected to teach workshops are volunteers and are not paid for their service. To compensate for their time we require the Host to cover travel expenses. We work to find local instructors, but suggest that you estimate about $2000 total ($1000 per Instructor) for the travel, food, and accommodation of the instructors.The details of how you will manage the instructors travel is discussed once the instructors are confirmed and introduced to the host. The Carpentries is not involved in this process.

Contact Us

Someone in your region is waiting to speak to you about The Carpentries and/or to request a workshop! We invite you to contact your Regional Coordinator or request information about our workshops to start the conversation!


Upcoming workshops

Circuits logo gb ** University of Edinburgh
Instructors: Lucia Michielin, Justin Chun-ting Ho, Jennifer Daub
Nov 15 - May 1, 2020
Circuits logo us ** Old Dominion University
Instructors: Wirawan Purwanto, Terry Stilwell
Jan 27 - Feb 26, 2020
Circuits logo us ** University of Wisconsin - Madison
Instructors: Christina Koch, Sarah Stevens, Tobin Magle, Trisha Adamus, Sailendharan Sudakaran, Elizabeth McDaniel, Clare Michaud
Helpers: Christina Koch, Lauren Michael, Sarah Stevens, Trisha Adamus, Sailendharan Sudakaran, Kimberly O'Keefe, Cid Freitag, Casey Schacher
Jan 29 - Apr 29, 2020
DC logo us Central New Mexico Community College
Instructors: Jon Wheeler, Mark Servilla
Feb 14 - Feb 21, 2020
SWC logo gb UCL
Instructors: Samantha Ahern, Anastasis Georgoulas, Shikta Das, Aasiyah Rashan
Helpers: Steve Broderick, Stef Piatek, Matthew Gillman, Tuomas Koskela, Alessandro Felder, Maria Lock, Nana Mensah
Feb 18 - Feb 19, 2020
SWC logo au University of Queensland
Instructors: Mark Crowe
Feb 18 - Feb 19, 2020
DC logo ca Brock Digital Scholarship Lab
Instructors: Tim Ribaric, James Desjardins, Daniel Brett
Feb 19 - Feb 20, 2020
DC logo ca University of Toronto St George Campus Feb 20 - Feb 21, 2020
Circuits logo gb ** Lancaster University
Instructors: Alexander Konovalov, Samuel Lelièvre, Fredrik Strömberg
Helpers: Awss Al-Ogaidi
Feb 21 - Feb 22, 2020
Circuits logo no ** University of Oslo
Instructors: Sabry Razick, Marius Bjørnstad
Helpers: Kyrre Låberg
Feb 21 - Feb 21, 2020
DC logo us University of Arizona
Instructors: Trisha Adamus, Melissa Fabros
Helpers: Kelsey Gonzalez
Feb 22 - Feb 23, 2020
Circuits logo us ** University of Connecticut
Instructors: Pariksheet Nanda, Jeremy Teitelbaum
Feb 24 - Feb 24, 2020
Circuits logo de ** RDA Germany Conference 2020
Instructors: Timo Gnadt, Daniel Bangert, Claudia Engelhardt
Feb 25 - Feb 26, 2020
DC logo us Mansfield Library, University of Montana
Instructors: Ben Chiewphasa
Feb 26 - Feb 26, 2020
SWC logo us The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine
Instructors: Pariksheet Nanda
Feb 27 - Feb 28, 2020
SWC logo us University of Idaho
Instructors: Lihong Zhao, Amanda Culley
Feb 27 - Feb 28, 2020
Circuits logo sa ** KAUST Visualization Core Lab
Instructors: David Pugh
Mar 1 - Mar 1, 2020
DC logo gb Earlham Institute
Instructors: Rob Davey, Jose De Vega, Anthony Etuk, Alice Minotto
Mar 3 - Mar 4, 2020
DC logo us The Port Watson Mini-Conference Center
Instructors: Sarah Pugachev, Amelia Kallaher
Helpers: Jesi Buell
Mar 5 - Mar 6, 2020
DC logo us George Washington University
Instructors: Jennifer Shelton, Schuyler Smith
Mar 5 - Mar 6, 2020
DC logo us New Mexico Highlands University
Instructors: Karl Benedict, Mark Servilla
Mar 6 - Mar 7, 2020
SWC logo us West Virginia University (Basic R Workshop)
Instructors: Jacob Koehler, Trevor Burrows
Mar 7 - Mar 8, 2020
Circuits logo sa ** KAUST Visualization Core Lab
Instructors: David Pugh
Mar 9 - Mar 9, 2020
SWC logo us Joint Health Sciences Center
Instructors: Heather Ciallella, Liam Sharp, Sid Bhadra-Lobo
Mar 13 - Mar 14, 2020
SWC logo us San Diego State University
Instructors: Shervin Sahba, Kelsey Montgomery
Mar 13 - Mar 14, 2020
DC logo us Oklahoma State University
Instructors: Kay BJornen
Helpers: Phillip Doehle
Mar 16 - Mar 17, 2020
LC logo us Purdue University Mar 16 - Mar 16, 2020
LC logo us Macalester College
Instructors: Cody Hennesy, Caitlin Bakker, David Naughton
Helpers: Katie Wilson
Mar 16 - Mar 17, 2020
SWC logo ca Programming with Python - University of New Brunswick
Instructors: Joey Bernard, Serguei Vassiliev
Mar 17 - Mar 17, 2020
SWC logo fi Kumpula Campus
Instructors: Jarno Rantaharju, João da Silva, Richard Darst
Helpers: Kerstin Lenk
Mar 19 - Mar 20, 2020
DC logo us San Diego State University
Instructors: Eve Bohnett, Ted Laderas
Mar 20 - Mar 21, 2020
SWC logo au Griffith University
Instructors: Amanda Miotto
Mar 23 - Mar 25, 2020
SWC logo au University of Queensland
Instructors: Thom Cuddihy, Stéphane Guillou
Mar 23 - Mar 24, 2020
DC logo us University of Idaho
Instructors: Erich Seamon
Mar 26 - Mar 27, 2020
Circuits logo us ** University of Florida Informatics Institute
Instructors: Eve Bohnett, Vratika Chaudhary
Mar 30 - Mar 31, 2020
Circuits logo sa ** KAUST Visualization Core Lab
Instructors: David Pugh
Helpers: Glendon Holst
Mar 30 - Mar 30, 2020
Circuits logo sa ** KAUST Visualization Core Lab
Instructors: David Pugh
Apr 1 - Apr 1, 2020
Circuits logo se ** Karolinska Institutet University Library Flemingsberg
Instructors: Rosa Lönneborg, Joakim Philipson, Thomas Lind, Lina Andrén
Helpers: Glenn Haya
Apr 1 - Apr 2, 2020
SWC logo mx Colegio de Postgraduados Campus Campeche
Instructors: Nelly Sélem
Helpers: Abraham Avelar
Apr 14 - May 14, 2020
SWC logo au Curtin University
Instructors: Kathryn Napier
Apr 21 - Apr 23, 2020
DC logo us New York University
Instructors: Nicholas Wolf, Alexandra Provo
Helpers: Vicky Steeves, Casey Hampsey
Apr 26 - Apr 27, 2020
DC logo no University of Oslo
Instructors: Annika Rockenberger, Matthew Good
Apr 28 - Apr 29, 2020
LC logo ca Ryerson University
Instructors: Kaitlin Newson
Helpers: John Fink
Apr 29 - Apr 30, 2020
SWC logo au University of Queensland
Instructors: Stéphane Guillou, Mark Crowe
Apr 30 - May 1, 2020
SWC logo us Oklahoma State University
Instructors: Phillip Doehle
Helpers: Kay BJornen
May 11 - May 12, 2020
DC logo fi CSC - IT Center for Science
Instructors: Bishwa Ghimire, Jesse Harrison
Helpers: Kerstin Lenk
May 14 - May 15, 2020
LC logo us University of North Texas May 19 - May 20, 2020
SWC logo gb Singleton Campus, Swansea University May 20 - May 21, 2020
SWC logo au Griffith University
Instructors: Amanda Miotto
May 26 - May 28, 2020
SWC logo us New York University
Instructors: Andrew Battista, Billy Broderick
Helpers: Vicky Steeves, Casey Hampsey
May 28 - May 29, 2020
DC logo au RMIT Melbourne
Instructors: Will Pitchers, Paul Harrison, Nick Wong
Jun 29 - Jun 30, 2020
SWC logo au Griffith University
Instructors: Amanda Miotto
Jul 6 - Jul 8, 2020
LC logo us New York University Bobst Library
Instructors: Alexandra Provo
Jul 9 - Jul 10, 2020
SWC logo au Griffith University
Instructors: Amanda Miotto
Aug 17 - Aug 19, 2020
DC logo nl The Maritime Museum
Instructors: Miklós Koren
Aug 23 - Aug 24, 2020
** Workshops marked with astersiks are based on curriculum from The Carpentries lesson programs but may not follow our standard workshop format.

Check out our past workshops here.