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Carpentries Workshops

Teaching foundational coding and data science skills to researchers across Harvard.

What are the Carpentries?

Carpentries workshops cover the core data skills needed to conduct efficient, open, and reproducible research. Instruction includes hands-on exercises and live coding.

  • Software Carpentry workshops focus on automating tasks, how to track and share work using version control, and how to write software that is readable, reusable, and reliable.
  • Data Carpentry workshops are domain-specific, and follow a narrative structure, working with one dataset through the whole data lifecycle from project organization to visualization.


Carpentries at Harvard Library is a group of data and technology professionals from across Harvard University who have come together to provide open Carpentries workshops. We offer two-day workshops and shorter lessons using the curricula from The Carpentries


Workshops cover topics like Shell scripting, git, Python, R, spreadsheets, and OpenRefine. Recently offered workshops include topics like Working with Geospatial Data. 

We are also happy to provide shorter trainings based on a single lesson or workshop component like Using Regular Expressions or Version Control with Git.

Upon request, we can arrange for Carpentries instruction for your Harvard department. Just ask us!

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