Data Carpentry workshop draws researchers from across the Caltech Divisions

Excitement builds at the Caltech Library as we welcome 30 Data Carpenters this week from Chem, Geo, Bio, GeoBio, Astro, Physics, and Eng. Led by eminent data scientists Tracy Teal and Titus Brown (both Caltech alumni), the sell-out workshop will provide hands on training in Open Science tools for cleaning, organizing, and publishing research data. More information will be posted about the Data Carpentry curriculum and lessons learned this week.


The Caltech Library’s growing services in Research Data Management include assistance with Data Management Plans; referrals to the best data centers and repositories for publishing and archiving research data; advising on the legal status of data and licensing data for reuse; Help with citing and publishing data; and working with funding agencies and publishers to clarify data access and publication requirements.

For assistance with Research Data management, get in touch with your Research Librarians at library at caltech dot edu.

Data Carpentry Workshop: November 23 – 24, 9am-430pm

Data Carpentry Workshop


California Institute of Technology

Millikan Library 9th floor
November 23 – 24
9:00 am – 4:30 pm

General Information

More information about this workshop is available at:

Data Carpentry workshops are for any researcher who has data they want to analyze, and no prior computational experience is required. This hands-on workshop teaches basic concepts, skills and tools for working more effectively with data. We will cover data organization in spreadsheets, data cleaning, SQL and R for data analysis and visualization. Participants should bring their laptops and plan to participate actively. By the end of the workshop learners should be able to more effectively manage and analyze data and be able to apply the tools and approaches directly to their ongoing research.

Data Carpentry’s aim is to teach researchers basic concepts, skills, and tools for working with data so that they can get more done in less time, and with less pain.

This workshop is a pilot project between the Caltech Libraries and Data Carpentry exploring how libraries can help lead training efforts on good data practices and more effective and reproducible research.

Preliminary schedule:

  • 8:30am Day 1: Installation help
  • 9:00am Day 1 morning: Data organization in spreadsheets and data cleaning with OpenRefine
  • 1:00pm Day 1 afternoon: Introduction to R


  • 9:00am Day 2 morning: Data analysis and visualization in R
  • 1:00pm Day 2 afternoon: SQL for data management

Organizer: Gail Peretsman-Clement at Caltech Library

Instructors: Tracy Teal, Titus Brown

Who: The course is aimed at faculty, research staff, postdocs, graduate students, advanced undergraduates, and other researchers in any field. No prior computational experience is required.

Requirements: Data Carpentry’s teaching is hands-on, so participants are encouraged to bring in and use their own laptops to insure the proper setup of tools for an efficient workflow once you leave the workshop. (We will provide instructions on setting up the required software several days in advance, and the classroom will have computers with the software installed). There are no pre-requisites, and we will assume no prior knowledge about the tools. Participants are required to abide by Data Carpentry’s Code of Conduct.

Contact: Please email for questions and information not covered here.

Twitter: @datacarpentry


Acknowledgements & Support

Data Carpentry is supported by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and a partnership of several NSF-funded BIO Centers (NESCent, iPlant, iDigBio, BEACON and SESYNC) and Software Carpentry. The structure and objectives of the curriculum as well as the teaching style are informed by Software Carpentry.

Library Workshop: Who Wants to Know? Deciphering Online Privacy: Wednesday, November 18, 2:00pm

Who Wants to Know? Deciphering Online Privacy

Although we are often very aware that our habits and histories are being tracked online, knowing how and why this information is being collected is less clear. This workshop looks into some data collection motives, particularly on campus. As a participant in this program, you will learn how to:

  • Identify who is collecting data about you and what their motivations are
  • Recognize when data is valuable and for what purpose, especially in your scholarly work
  • Protect your online data and identity more completely using free tools and tactics
  • Communicate your data privacy needs to business and academic partners

Links to get you started:

Library Freedom Project

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)

Wednesday, November 18


Sherman Fairchild Library, Multimedia Conference Room 328


Library Workshop: Manage Your Scholarly Identity & Reputation with ORCiD: Wednesday, November 11, 7:00pm

Manage Your Scholarly Identity & Reputation with ORCiD

The Online Research Contributor Identifier (ORCiD, pronounced like the flower) in a new global Web standard that connects authors and creators to all their contributions, including papers, grants, peer reviews, and more.  The unique ORCiD identifier ensures that authors get credit for all their work, and are not associated with works by someone with a similar name.

Participants in this session will

  • Create or look up their ORCID and see how to add it to the Caltech Authors Digital Repository
  • Compare different methods for automatically adding published works to their ORCID profile
  • Demo a scholarly reputation management tool that relies on ORCID to match contributions to impact measures (citations, Altmetrics)

This program is part of the Caltech Library’s Author Academy initiative. In addition to the session offered through the Library Instruction calendar, it is available by request for any Caltech group of 8 or more.

Wednesday, November 11


Sherman Fairchild Library, Multimedia Conference Room 328


Beckman Room will be open November 6, 1 to 4pm


The Beckman Room on the ground floor of the Beckman Institute (room 131) is a small museum devoted to the history of chemistry and to the scientific and philanthropic work of Arnold O. Beckman. On November 6, first Friday of the month, the museum will be open to walk-in visitors from 1 to 4 PM.

The museum is also open by appointment to individuals and groups. Please contact the Caltech Archives at archives AT for appointment information. More information about the Beckman Room and its displays may be found at

SFL open overnight this weekend for midterms

SFL will be open overnight this weekend for midterms. Normal hours resume Monday, November 2nd.

Email delays

If you’ve sent email to the library in the last few days using our library AT email address and you haven’t heard back yet, please email one of the librarians directly. We’re sorry for delays in responding.

DocuServe back up and running

The maintenance for DocuServe is now complete and back online.  For information on how to make requests or check on pending requests, please visit the DocuServe libguide.  If you have any questions, please contact us at docuserve @ or x6437.

DocuServe will be down for routine maintenance (October 19-20)

DocuServe will be down for routine maintenance from 1:00pm Monday (October 19, 2015) through Tuesday morning (October 20, 2015).  During this period, you will not be able to make a request or check on an active request..

You can still contact Docuserve (docuserve @ or x6437) with a resource request. Please supply the citation and staff will create your request once the system is back up and running.

Library Workshop: EndNote For Beginners: Wednesday, October 21, 2:00pm

EndNote For Beginners

Are you writing a research paper or ready to start your thesis? Want an easy way to store, manage and search for bibliographic references? EndNote for Beginners may be just the quick start session you need. Learn what EndNote is and the basics of how it can work for you to organize the articles you’re reading and create bibliographies within a word processing document.  We’ll cover how to get your references into EndNote and what to do with them once they’re there.

Wednesday, October 21


Sherman Fairchild Library, Multimedia Conference Room 328


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