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In 2021, the CDI will host four trainings from the Carpentries Organization, who "...teaches foundational coding and data science skills to researchers worldwide."

Scheduled courses


October 26-27, 2021: Software Carpentry - Plotting and Programming in Python (introductory Python)

  • The class is limited to 20 people and will be held on a Mountain time zone-friendly schedule. (approx 9a-5p MDT)
  • We will need two helpers for the class. See Helper expectations here
  • You must be able to commit the two full days to the training.
  • USGS employees will be prioritized.
  • There is no fee to join.
  • This course is appropriate for people with little to no previous programming experience, but you will be asked to do preparatory work if you have no programming experience.
  • To sign up, please enter your name, contact email, and reason for wanting to join the class. We will create a class list and waitlist and notify registrants by early October.


Sign up for Intro to Python


July 2021 (July 27-28): Data Carpentry - Geospatial

Course website: https://annajiat.github.io/2021-07-27-usgs-online/  

This workshop is intended for people working with geospatial data (i.e. data that can be plotted on a map). It starts out with a short introduction to essential geospatial concepts and a shortened version of our core R lesson before progressing into working with specialized geospatial packages in R. This workshop gets learners to a fairly advanced stage of creating geospatial plots (i.e. maps of data distributions), but does not cover data organization or cleaning. 

  • The class is limited to 20 people and will be held on a Mountain time zone-friendly schedule. (approx 9a-5p MDT)
  • We will need two helpers for the class. See Helper expectations here
  • You must be able to commit the two full days to the training.
  • USGS employees will be prioritized.
  • There is no fee to join.
  • This course assumes no prior knowledge of R.
  • To sign up, please enter your name, contact email, and reason for wanting to join the class. We will create a class list and waitlist.
  • Sign up is now closed.


April 27-28, 2021: Software Carpentry - Plotting and Programming in Python (introductory Python)

Course website: https://hsu000001.github.io/2021-04-27-usgs-online/

  • The class is limited to 20 people and will be held on a Mountain time zone-friendly schedule. (approx 8:30a-4:30p MDT)
  • We will need two helpers for the class. See Helper expectations here
  • You must be able to commit the two full days to the training.
  • USGS employees will be prioritized.
  • There is no fee to join.
  • This course is appropriate for people with little to no previous programming experience.
  • To sign up, please enter your name, contact email, and reason for wanting to join the class. We will open sign-ups for two weeks (March 17-31) and create a class list and waitlist. (Sign-up is now closed.)



March 30-31, 2021: Library Carpentry (terms, phrases, and concepts in software development and data science, how to best work with data structures, and tidy data)

Course website: https://morskyjezek.github.io/2021-03-30-usgs-online/

  • The class is limited to 20 people and will be held on a Mountain time zone-friendly schedule.
  • We will need two helpers for the class. See Helper expectations here
  • You must be able to commit the two full days to the training.
  • USGS employees will be prioritized.
  • There is no fee to join.
  • To sign up, please enter your name, contact email, and reason for wanting to join the class. We will open sign-ups for two weeks (March 1-12) and create a class list and waitlist. (Sign-up is now closed.)


More info

We have requested the courses

Scheduling is in progress now, and announcements will go to the cdi-all mailing list (sign up here) when registration is available.

Space will be limited. THEREFORE, we have found 6 USGS employees to be trained as Carpentries Instructors, so that they can help provide future classes to our community and help people improve their software and data skills! Stay in touch with the CDI to be notified of these future events. 

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