Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Aug 30, 2017

9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Instructors: Joey Montoya, Donny Winston

Helpers: TBD

General Information

Software Carpentry aims to help researchers get their work done in less time and with less pain by teaching them basic research computing skills. This hands-on workshop will cover basic concepts and tools, including program design, version control, data management, and task automation. 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 "Best 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: Room 130 (Perseverence Hall), Building 54, 1 Cyclotron Rd, Berkeley, CA . Get directions with OpenStreetMap or Google Maps.

When: Aug 30, 2017. Add to your Google Calendar.

Requirements: This lesson is an to introduction programming in Python for people who are already comfortable in some other language such as Perl or MATLAB. 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). They are also required to abide by Software Carpentry's Code of Conduct.

Accessibility: We are committed to making this workshop accessible to everybody. The workshop organisers 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 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 or for more information.



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

Pre-workshop Survey

Post-workshop Survey

Lesson Sequence and Syllabus

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


To participate in this Software 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.

Setup Instructions Here