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

2,957

instructors

72,825

learners

2,913

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.
cp logo us globe image UW-Madison **
Instructors: Christina Koch, Sarah Stevens, Clare Michaud, Madison Youngblom
Helpers: Lauren Michael, Elizabeth McDaniel, Casey Schacher, Moksha Menghaney, Erwin Lares, Maij Xyooj, Nathaniel Schleif
Sep 16 - Dec 9, 2020
cp logo dk Aarhus University **
Instructors: Adela Sobotkova, Petra Heřmánková
Oct 29 - Dec 3, 2020
dc logo at Central European University (online)
Instructors: Miklós Koren
Nov 10 - Nov 26, 2020
cp logo gb globe image CILIP MDG Library Carpentry, sponsored by The University of Manchester Library (online) **
Instructors: Nilani Ganeshwaran, Phil Reed, Carlene Barton
Helpers: Jane Gallagher
Nov 12 - Dec 10, 2020
cp logo us globe image University of Minnesota (online) **
Instructors: Cody Hennesy, Caitlin Bakker, David Naughton, Wanda Marsolek
Helpers: Katie Wilson
Nov 12 - Dec 10, 2020
dc logo ge globe image (online)
Instructors: Timo Gnadt, Claudia Engelhardt, Laura Josephine Botzet
Helpers: Astrid Orth, Andreas Walker
Nov 23 - Dec 4, 2020
swc logo de globe image Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Instructors: Bret Alexander Beheim, Han Tran
Helpers: Ilaria Pretelli
Nov 23 - Nov 27, 2020
dc logo gb globe image Swansea University (online)
Instructors: Mark Dawson, Michele Mesiti
Helpers: Ben Thorpe
Nov 23 - Nov 27, 2020
dc logo gb University of Edinburgh
Instructors: Mario Antonioletti, Lucia Michielin, Matthew Hamilton
Helpers: Jennifer Daub, Robert Nagy, Bailey Harrington
Nov 25 - Nov 27, 2020
swc logo gb Research Software London
Instructors: Christopher Cave-Ayland, Iain Barrass
Helpers: Jazz Mack Smith, Jeremy Cohen, Tony Yang, Jay DesLauriers, Matt Alexandrakis
Nov 25 - Nov 27, 2020
cp logo au globe image Pawsey Supercomputing Centre **
Instructors: Tarun Bonu
Nov 26 - Nov 26, 2020
lc logo us globe image Clemson University (online)
Instructors: Sherry Lake, Robin Donatello, Jesse Johnston
Dec 1 - Dec 4, 2020
swc logo nl globe image December 2020 SWC Workshop @TU Delft (online)
Instructors: Nicolas Dintzner
Dec 1 - Dec 9, 2020
lc logo us globe image NNLM
Instructors: Tracy Teal, Chissa Rivaldi, Douglas Joubert, Adam Hughes
Dec 1 - Dec 2, 2020
lc logo us globe image Triangle Research Library Network (online)
Instructors: Kathryn Miller, Rohit Goswami, Benson Muite
Dec 1 - Dec 4, 2020
cp logo gb University of Edinburgh **
Instructors: Edward Wallace, Felicity Anderson
Helpers: Giacomo Peru, Bailey Harrington, Elliot Chapman, Bryan Wee
Dec 1 - Dec 15, 2020
dc logo us globe image Carnegie Mellon University (online)
Instructors: David Yakobovitch, Annajiat Alim Rasel, Adrienne Canino, Elizabeth Dobbins
Dec 2 - Dec 4, 2020
dc logo globe image Curtin University
Instructors: Paul Hancock
Helpers: Sawitchaya (Nancy) Tippaya, Rakib Hassan, Aniek Roelofs
Dec 2 - Dec 3, 2020
swc logo gb globe image University of Newcastle
Instructors: Jannetta Steyn, Rebecca Osselton, David Herbert
Dec 7 - Dec 11, 2020
dc logo nl globe image Utrecht University
Instructors: Anita Schürch, Julian Paganini, Jesse Kerkvliet
Helpers: Malbert Rogers
Dec 7 - Dec 9, 2020
lc logo us globe image Auburn University (online)
Instructors: Chuck McAndrew, MONAH ABOU ALEZZ, Benson Muite
Dec 7 - Dec 10, 2020
dc logo au globe image Curtin University
Instructors: Kathryn Napier
Helpers: Paul Hancock, Behrouz Khabbaz Beheshti
Dec 7 - Dec 8, 2020
dc logo us globe image Spelman College jointly hosting with Morehouse College (online)
Instructors: Aditya Bandla, Annajiat Alim Rasel, Ana Carolina Dantas Machado, Qinyun Lin
Dec 7 - Dec 10, 2020
dc logo us globe image Texas State Digital Library
Instructors: Akshay Paropkari, Elnaz Amanzadeh Jajin
Dec 7 - Dec 10, 2020
swc logo us globe image NOAA (online)
Instructors: Daniel Wheeler, Elise Lauterbur, Martino Sorbaro Sindaci, David DeFranza
Dec 8 - Dec 11, 2020
cp logo us globe image Dartmouth College (online) **
Instructors: James Adams, Lora Leligdon, JIANJUN HUA, Stephen Gaughan, Pamela Bagley, Paige Scudder, Christian Darabos, John Cocklin
Dec 8 - Dec 11, 2020
dc logo mx BetterLab
Instructors: Nelly Sélem, José Manuel Villalobos Escobedo, Abraham Avelar
Dec 14 - Dec 15, 2020
swc logo us globe image Atlanta University (online)
Instructors: Rachael Blake, Muriel Dunn, Annajiat Alim Rasel, Sally Chang
Dec 14 - Dec 17, 2020
swc logo us globe image AAS 237, Virtually Anywhere (online)
Instructors: Yuping Huang
Jan 7 - Jan 8, 2021
dc logo nl globe image Leiden University and Delft University of Technology (online)
Instructors: Kristina Hettne, Jeff Love
Helpers: Esther Plomp, Yan Wang
Jan 14 - Jan 22, 2021
lc logo us globe image Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) (online)
Instructors: Ariel Deardorff, Saranya Canchi, Jacqueline Frisina, Annajiat Alim Rasel, Adrienne Canino
Jan 20 - Jan 21, 2021
swc logo us globe image The Jackson Laboratory (online)
Instructors: Peter Hoyt, Elise Lauterbur, Aditya Bandla, Leah Guthrie
Jan 20 - Jan 29, 2021
dc logo mx BetterLab
Instructors: Nelly Sélem, José Manuel Villalobos Escobedo, Abraham Avelar
Jan 29 - Jan 29, 2021
cp logo se Uppsala University, SciLifeLab, BMC, **
Instructors: Wolmar Nyberg Åkerström, Niclas Jareborg, Elin Kronander
Apr 13 - Apr 15, 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.