Faculty of Technology, CEPT University

Oct 6-7, 2018

11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Instructors: Shaily Gandhi, Bindi Dave

Helpers: NA

The Data Carpentry Geospatial workshop aims to teach researchers basic concepts, skills, and tools for working with data so that they can get more done in less time, and with less efforts. Data Carpentry’s teaching is hands-on, so participants are encouraged to use their own computers to ensure the proper setup of tools for an efficient workflow.

To most effectively use this material, please make sure you download the data and install everything before working through this lesson.

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.

For more information on what we teach and why, please see our paper "Good Enough 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: FT 216, Faculty of Technology, CEPT University, Kasturbhai Lalbhai Campus, University Road, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad-380009 Gujarat, India. Get directions with OpenStreetMap or Google Maps.

When: Oct 6-7, 2018. Add to your Google Calendar.

Requirements: Participants must bring a laptop with a 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 Data Carpentry's Code of Conduct.

Accessibility: We are committed to making this workshop accessible to everybody.

Materials will be provided in advance of the workshop and large-print handouts are available if needed by notifying the organizers in advance.

Number of Seats: Due to the limited availability of seats, early registration is strongly recommended to ensure your participation. Please Register Online using this Link which must be received no later than October 3, 2018.

Contact: For Registration and more information please email shaily.gandhi@cept.ac.in or bindi.dave@cept.ac.in .


Day 1 : 6 October 2018

Before starting 10:45 - 11:00 am Pre-workshop survey
Morning Introduction to Geospatial Concepts
Setting up your systems
AfternoonIntroduction to R for Geospatial Data
Evening END


To participate in a Data 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.


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 dnf install R). Also, please install the RStudio IDE.