What is a Carpentries Workshop?

The Carpentries teaches 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.

Read our Workshops FAQ to learn more.

Carpentries by the numbers







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

Workshop Curriculum

Data Carpentry

Library Carpentry

Software Carpentry

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.

Please be advised that a workshop will not be scheduled until it has been confirmed by the host and The Carpentries Workshop Administrator. Our workshops are organised based on the order the Workshop Request Form is received and finalized. 

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

Library Carpentry

Software Carpentry

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 (for in-person workshops only).
  • 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.

The workshop fee is dependent on the purchasing organisation's geographic location, according to the World Bank's gross national income categorisation. All fees listed are in USD and represent costs for not-for-profit or academic organisations. Costs for for-profit organisations are four times the fee listed for not-for-profit organisations.

Workshop Administration Fee (USD)
High income $3,000
Upper-middle income $2,250
Lower-middle income $1,500
Low income $750

Workshop Administration Financial Support

Financial support 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. If financial support 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 (for in-person workshops only). 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 are 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

Click on an individual event to learn more about that event, including contact information and registration instructions.
dc logo us globe image AgNIC (online)
Instructors: Robert McCowen, Carolyn Jackson, Paria Aria
Helpers: Erin Antognoli
May 18 - Jun 8, 2023
cp logo us Cornell University **
Instructors: Travis Wrightsman
May 22 - Jun 26, 2023
lc logo us University of Arizona
Instructors: Casandra Laskowski, Jeff Oliver
May 25 - Jun 15, 2023
dc logo nl Netherlands eScience Center in Amsterdam
Instructors: Candace Moore, Djura Smits
Jun 5 - Jun 6, 2023
dc logo us Colby College
Instructors: Sue McClatchy, Selcan Aydin, Ann Wells, Julia Brown
Jun 5 - Jun 6, 2023
dc logo gb Heriot-Watt University
Instructors: Juan Herrera, Evgenij Belikov
Helpers: Omololu Fagbiele, Abubakar Tukur
Jun 6 - Jun 7, 2023
swc logo pr University of Puerto Rico
Instructors: Airined Montes Mercado, Angelica Rosado Quinones, Carlos Morales-Rivera, Diego Rosado-Tristani, Humberto Ortiz-Zuazaga, Jose Sanchez Curet
Helpers: Juan S. Ramirez Lugo, Noah A Auger
Jun 7 - Jun 13, 2023
swc logo pr UPR
Instructors: Airined Montes Mercado, Carlos Morales-Rivera, Diego Rosado-Tristani, Humberto Ortiz-Zuazaga, José Constantino Sánchez Curet, Angélica Rosado Quiñones
Helpers: Juan S. Ramirez Lugo
Jun 7 - Jun 13, 2023
dc logo us Colby College
Instructors: Pete Schlax, Christine Murray
Jun 8 - Jun 9, 2023
cp logo us globe image Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (online) **
Instructors: Susan (Sue) Zwicker, Paula Pappalardo, James Holmquist, Jaxine Wolfe, Michael Lonneman
Helpers: Rose Cheney, Henry Betts, Selina Cheng
Jun 9 - Jun 14, 2023
dc logo za globe image Digimethods 2023, Rhodes University
Instructors: Japheth Mursi, Benson Muite, Oyebade Oyerinde, Ibra Lujumba
Jun 12 - Jun 16, 2023
swc logo us UMass Amherst
Instructors: Kristen DeAngelis, Kendra Mass
Helpers: Melissa Shinfuku
Jun 12 - Jun 13, 2023
dc logo nl Leiden University Library
Instructors: Ben Companjen, Eduard Klapwijk
Helpers: Stephanie van de Sandt
Jun 12 - Jun 13, 2023
dc logo za globe image Digimethods 2023, Rhodes University
Instructors: Gorata Malose, Jean Baptiste Fankam Fankam, Toby Hodges, Mpilo Khumalo, Rob Davey
Jun 12 - Jun 16, 2023
lc logo at TU Wien Bibliothek
Instructors: Doron Goldfarb, Florian Wörister
Helpers: Elise Harder
Jun 12 - Jun 13, 2023
cp logo au globe image Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation (QCIF) **
Instructors: Isaac Jennings, Danny Meloncelli
Helpers: Kasia Koziara, Joseph Clokey, Kaitlin Moat, Angela Mina Vargas
Jun 12 - Jun 15, 2023
cp logo us globe image U.S. Geological Survey (online) **
Instructors: Madison Langseth, Marc Hunter, Labeeb Ahmed
Helpers: Christopher Sherwood
Jun 14 - Jun 28, 2023
cp logo au globe image Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation (QCIF) **
Instructors: Jason Bell, Marlies Hankel
Helpers: Richard Young
Jun 19 - Jun 20, 2023
cp logo au globe image Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation (QCIF) **
Instructors: Erin Graham, Jason Bell
Helpers: Kasia Koziara, Joseph Clokey, Senn Conn, Joanna Salerno, Richard Young
Jun 26 - Jun 29, 2023
lc logo de Library Carpentry, VDB LV Hessen (Workshops are in German)
Instructors: Eva Bunge, Evamaria Krause, Till Sauerwein, Markus Wust
Helpers: Agnes Brauer, Peter Breternitz, Birgit Frenz, Michelle Kamolz, Christoph Marutschke
Jun 29 - Jun 30, 2023
cp logo gb Centre for Regenrative Medicine **
Instructors: Nadine Bestard
Jul 3 - Jul 7, 2023
cp logo ke Duke University **
Instructors: Christine Markwalter, Zena Lapp
Jul 24 - Jul 27, 2023
dc logo ke globe image Moi University
Instructors: Parcelli Jepchirchir, Collins Kigen
Helpers: Brenda Kamau
Aug 1 - Aug 4, 2023

** Workshops marked with asterisks are based on curriculum from The Carpentries lesson programs but may not follow our standard workshop format.

globe image Workshops with a globe icon are being held online. The corresponding flag notes the country where the host organisation is based.

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