Online Library Carpentry Workshop

SADiLaR, South Africa

24 - 28 August, 2020

9:00 am - 13:00 pm

Instructors: Roo Mabuya, Dimakatso Mathe, Andiswa Bukula, Juan Steyn, Mmasibidi Setaka

Helpers: TBA

General Information

Library Carpentry is made by people working in library- and information-related roles to help you:

Library Carpentry introduces you to the fundamentals of computing and provides you with a platform for further self-directed learning. For more information on what we teach and why, please see our paper "Library Carpentry: software skills training for library professionals".

Who: The course is for people working in library- and information-related roles. You don't need to have any previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop.

Where: This is an online event. We will meet using the online videoconference software Zoom. You will need to download and install their client to connect with your instructors. The link to use for this event is https://carpentries.zoom.us/my/carpentriesroom1.

When: 24 - 28 August, 2020. Add to your Google Calendar.

Requirements: Participants must have access to 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. Since this is an online workshop, participants need to have access to internet (listed below).

Accessibility: We are committed to making this workshop accessible as far as possible. Please make sure that you have the following:

Materials will be provided in advance of the workshop and you will be able to ask the organisers for extra materials if needed in advance. If we can help making learning easier for you.

Contact: Please email angelique@carpentries.org for more information.


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.


Collaborative Notes

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


Surveys

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

Pre-workshop Survey

Post-workshop Survey


Schedule

Day 2

09:00 OpenRefine
13:00 END

Day 3

09:00 OpenRefine
13:00 END

Day 4

09:00 The UNIX Shell
13:00 END

Day 5

09:00 The UNIX Shell
13:00Post-workshop survey
13:15 END

Syllabus

Jargon Busting, A Computational Approach, Introduction to Working with Data

The Unix Shell

  • Files and Directories
  • History and Tab Completion
  • Counting and Sorting Contents in Files
  • Pipes and Redirection
  • Mining or Searching in Files
  • Reference...

Introduction to Git

  • Creating a repository
  • Configuring Git
  • Recording Changes to Files: add, commit, ...
  • Viewing State Changes with status
  • Working on the Web: clone, pull, push, ...
  • Where to Host Work, and Why
  • Reference...

OpenRefine

  • Introduction to OpenRefine
  • Importing Data
  • Basic Functions
  • Advanced Functions
  • Reference...

Setup

To participate in a Library 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 Bash Shell

Bash is a commonly-used shell that gives you the power to do simple tasks more quickly. Please find setup instructions in the lesson.

OpenRefine

OpenRefine is a tool to clean up and organize messy data. Please find instructions to install it and the data used in the lesson in the lesson.

Git

Git is a version control system that lets you track who made changes to what when and has options for easily updating a shared or public version of your code on https://github.com.

Follow the instructions on the lesson to install Git on your system.

You will need an account at github.com for parts of the Git lesson. Basic GitHub accounts are free. We encourage you to create a GitHub account if you don't have one already. Please consider what personal information you'd like to reveal. For example, you may want to review these instructions for keeping your email address private provided at GitHub. You will need a supported web browser.