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.

Read our Workshops FAQ to learn more.


Carpentries by the numbers

3,067

instructors

75,550

learners

3,022

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 type Workshop coordination fee Instructor Travel
Non-profit or government US $2500 Estimate US $2000*
For-profit Contact 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

Click on an individual event to learn more about that event, including contact information and registration instructions.
lc logo us globe image University of Alabama at Birmingham (online)
Instructors: Annajiat Alim Rasel, Cody Hennesy, Camilla Bressan, Mary Ann Warner
Jan 22 - Apr 23, 2021
cp logo ba globe image Brac University (online) **
Instructors: Annajiat Alim Rasel, Benson Muite
Feb 14 - May 21, 2021
cp logo ba globe image Brac University (online) **
Instructors: Annajiat Alim Rasel
Feb 20 - May 22, 2021
dc logo gb globe image Earlham Institute (online)
Instructors: Rob Davey, Nicola Soranzo, Joseja De Vega, Felix Shaw
Mar 1 - Mar 4, 2021
dc logo us globe image AMS 2021
Instructors: Damien Irving, Kathy Pegion, Sarah Murphy
Mar 2 - Mar 4, 2021
swc logo us globe image United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) (online)
Instructors: Annajiat Alim Rasel, Manisha Munasinghe, Sichong Peng
Mar 2 - Mar 9, 2021
cp logo sa globe image KAUST Visualization Core Lab **
Instructors: David Pugh
Helpers: Glendon Holst
Mar 2 - Mar 2, 2021
dc logo us globe image Institute for Modeling Collaboration and Innovation @ The University of Idaho (online)
Instructors: James Van Leuven, Breanna Sipley
Helpers: Amanda Stahlke, Travis Seaborn
Mar 2 - Mar 11, 2021
cp logo no globe image University of Oslo (online) **
Instructors: Lex Nederbragt, Marius Bjørnstad, Maria Barrios Sazo
Helpers: Charitra Kumar Mishra, Sunniva Indrehus, Erik Myklebust, Naoe Tatara, Heidi Karlsen, Pierre-Marie Lefeuvre, Armin Alaei, Gudrun Lotze
Mar 2 - Mar 3, 2021
lc logo us globe image Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association (online)
Instructors: Saranya Canchi, Trisha Adamus, Jennifer Lee
Mar 2 - Mar 5, 2021
cp logo gb globe image Online, via MSTeams **
Instructors: Neil Jakeman
Mar 3 - Mar 3, 2021
dc logo us globe image George Washington University (online)
Instructors: Alain Wescott, Monah Abou Alezz, Preethy Nair
Mar 4 - Mar 12, 2021
cp logo gb globe image University of Edinburgh **
Instructors: Fran Baseby
Mar 4 - May 13, 2021
swc logo us globe image Univeristy of Miami
Instructors: Cameron Riopelle, Timothy Norris
Helpers: Thilani Samarakoon, James Sobczak
Mar 4 - Mar 5, 2021
swc logo nl globe image Software Carpentry with Python (online)
Instructors: Pablo Rodríguez-Sánchez, Jens Wehner
Helpers: Francesco Nattino
Mar 8 - Mar 11, 2021
dc logo us globe image Arizona State University (online)
Instructors: Ryan Peek, Annajiat Alim Rasel, Lisa Rosenthal
Mar 8 - Mar 9, 2021
swc logo de globe image ZB MED Information Centre for Life Science
Instructors: Konrad Förstner, Till Sauerwein, Rabea Müller
Mar 8 - Mar 9, 2021
cp logo sa globe image KAUST Visualization Core Lab **
Instructors: David Pugh
Mar 9 - Mar 9, 2021
dc logo us globe image West Virginia University (online)
Instructors: Sally Chang, Aditya Bandla, Elnaz Amanzadeh Jajin
Mar 9 - Mar 18, 2021
dc logo us globe image San Diego State University (online)
Instructors: Kevan Swanberg, Eve Bohnett, Annajiat Alim Rasel
Mar 11 - Mar 13, 2021
dc logo us globe image San Diego State University (online)
Instructors: Annajiat Alim Rasel, Eve Bohnett, Elnaz Amanzadeh Jajin
Mar 18 - Mar 20, 2021
swc logo it globe image Carpentries Italia
Instructors: Giacomo Peru, Martino Sorbaro Sindaci, Luca Di Stasio, Giorgia Mori, Giuseppe Profiti
Helpers: Fabrizio Donzelli, Mosè Giordano
Mar 19 - Mar 26, 2021
dc logo nl globe image Working with geospatial data in R
Instructors: Stacy Shinneman
Helpers: Marc Galland, Flavia Aschi, Tim Lenters, Morgan Brown, Jens van Erp, Elspeth Sage
Mar 22 - Mar 23, 2021
cp logo sa globe image KAUST Visualization Core Lab **
Instructors: David Pugh
Mar 23 - Mar 23, 2021
swc logo us globe image United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Instructors: Adam Hughes, Leah Guthrie, Frances Wong, Jonathan Shao
Mar 23 - Mar 30, 2021
cp logo ke globe image BHKi **
Instructors: Bernice Ngina Waweru, Benson Muite
Helpers: Michael Landi, Pauline Karega, David Kiragu, Festus Nyasimi
Mar 24 - Mar 25, 2021
dc logo au globe image Curtin University
Instructors: Rebecca Lange
Helpers: Kathryn Napier
Mar 25 - Mar 26, 2021
dc logo us globe image Carnegie Mellon University
Instructors: Rohit Goswami, Chris Hamm, Annajiat Alim Rasel
Mar 29 - Mar 31, 2021
dc logo au globe image Curtin University
Instructors: Paul Hancock
Helpers: Dan Marrable
Mar 31 - Apr 1, 2021
cp logo se Uppsala University, SciLifeLab, BMC, **
Instructors: Niclas Jareborg, Elin Kronander, Wolmar Nyberg Åkerström
Apr 13 - Apr 15, 2021
dc logo us globe image Institute for Modeling Collaboration and Innovation @ The University of Idaho (online)
Instructors: Erich Seamon
Helpers: Travis Seaborn
Apr 20 - Apr 29, 2021
swc logo us globe image University of New Mexico (online)
Instructors: Jon Wheeler
Apr 20 - Apr 22, 2021
lc logo gb globe image NHS Library and Health Services
Instructors: Jez Cope, Fran Baseby, Annajiat Alim Rasel
May 18 - May 19, 2021

** 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 organization is based.

Check out our past workshops here.