Introduction to R

UF Carpentries (Online)

September 27-28, 2021

10:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Instructors: Amobichukw Amanambu, Narayani Barve, Cory Brunson, Renata Diaz, Caitlin Campbell, Ryan Mears, Audrey Smith

Helpers: Vijay Barve, Amanda Markee, Neeka Sewnath

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

Where: Online Workshop (Zoom).

When: September 27-28, 2021. Add to your Google Calendar.

Requirements: Participants have a computer with a Mac, Linux, or Windows operating system (not a tablet, Chromebook, etc.). You should have permission to install software on your laptop. Before the workshop, please make sure that your laptop has a few specific software packages installed.

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. The workshop organizers have checked that:

Materials will be provided in advance of the workshop and large-print handouts are available if needed by notifying the organizers in advance. If we can make learning easier for you (e.g. sign-language interpreters, lactation facilities) please get in touch (using contact details below) and we will do our best to help.

Contact: Please email for more information.


Space is limited to 35 participants for this workshop and registration is required. Please plan on attending the entire time for both days. This workshop will be free, however registration requires attendance for most of the workshop.

Register for this workshop!


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

Pre-workshop Survey

Post-workshop Survey


Day 1

Before Setup R and RStudio
Pre-workshop survey
10:00 AM Intro to R and R Studio
11:30 Morning break - 30 mins
12:00 Basics of working with data in R - I
1:00 PM Lunch break - 1 hr
2:00 Basics of working with data in R - II
3:30 Afternoon break- 30 mins
4:00 Data Manipulation with dplyr
5:30 END

Day 2

10:00 AM Control Flow
11:30 Morning break - 30 mins
12:00 Functions Explained
1:00 PM Lunch break - 1 hr
2:00 Creating Publication-Quality Graphics with ggplot2
3:30 Afternoon break - 30 mins
4:00 R data manipulation and visualization, continued
5:30 Post-workshop Survey
6:00 END


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.

The setup instructions for the Data Carpentry Ecology workshops (with R) can be found at the workshop overview site.