Data carpentry workshop

A workshop on curating datasets for life sciences that might be of interest.

Data Carpentry workshop: using APIs to access life science data on the web

  • Wednesday 11 February, London, 09.00 – 17.00.
  • Delegate fee: £30
  • Organisers: Aleksandra Pawlik, University of Manchester & Data Carpentry, ELIXIR UK
  • More information about the workshop

It has been established that the growing number of well-curated and publicly-available datasets can advance research progress in many domains. However, many researchers still lack the data analysis and management skills to most effectively use these datasets. Data must be accessed from remote repositories and large scale analysesconducted with command line tools or programming languages uch as Python or R. Data Carpentry workshops aim to teach these concepts, particularly to researchers with little computational experience.

The workshop is for anyone interested in learning more about using API’s and R for accessing and working with life science data or for anyone interested in learning more about Data Carpentry workshops, to see if they would be useful for the researchers they work with in their communities. In particular, the workshop should be useful for anyone working with research domains supported by ELIXIR UK.


  • demonstrate the power of programmatically accessing life science data
  • hands-on learning using API and ROpenSci packages
  • directly experience the Data Carpentry teaching style
  • discuss the applicability of Data Carpentry lessons in participants’ own working context
  • hands-on experience on collaborative lesson development (via GitHub)