Geospatial Carpentry meets NEON
@ Zoom Online Workshop

May 18th-19th 2020

9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructors: Vratika Chaudhary, Felipe Sanchez, ,Eve Bohnett, Geraldine Klarenberg, Kathe Todd-Brown, Sharmin Siddiqui

Helpers: Brian Stucky, Minghao Gong, Audrey Smith,Dave Klinges,Di Yang, Ben Kok Toh

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 undergraduate, graduate students, faculty, and other researchers. You don't need to have any previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop.

Please complete the registration at this link: The workshop is free and registration is capped at 12 participants. REGISTRATION LINK

When: May 18th-19th 2020. Add to your Google Calendar.

Requirements: Participants must bring a laptop with a Mac, Linux, or 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).

Code of Conduct: Everyone who participates in Carpentries activities is required to conform to the Code of Conduct. This document also outlines how to report an incident if needed.

Accessibility: We are committed to making this workshop accessible to everybody via Zoom due to these unprecedented circumstances.

Materials will be provided in advance of the workshop. If we can help making learning easier for you (e.g. sign-language interpreters, lactation facilities) please get in touch (using contact details below) and we will attempt to provide them.

Contact: Please email with your name, affiliation, familiarity with programming, and a contact email if you plan on attending, or for more information.


Please be sure to complete these surveys before and after the workshop.

Pre-workshop Survey

Post-workshop Survey


Day 1: Monday, May 18, 2020

09:00 Workshop Overview
Introduction to Geospatial Concepts
10:00Geospatial Raster and Vector Data with R part 1
12:30Lunch break
13:30Geospatial Raster and Vector Data with R part 2

Day 2: Tuesday, May 19, 2020

09:00Geospatial Raster and Vector Data with R part 3
12:30Lunch break
13:30NEON workshop
16:30Post-workshop survey

We will use this collaborative document for chatting, taking notes, and sharing URLs and bits of code.



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.

Geospatial Carpentries software

Before the workshop, please go to the Geospatial Carpentries workshop setup page and install all of the packages there.

If you encounter problems or have questions, please email us. We can set up an appointment to help if necessary.