Carpentries @ UofT: Tidy Data

University of Toronto Libraries

November 16, 2023

1:00pm - 5:00pm EST

Instructors: Kaelen Bennett, David Kwasny

Helpers: Jay Gordon

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 looking to improve their data management skills. You don't need to have any previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop.

Where: Room 10031, Data Sciences Institute, 700 University Avenue, Toronto. Get directions with OpenStreetMap or Google Maps.

When: November 16, 2023. Add to your Google Calendar.

Accessibility: We are committed to making this workshop accessible to everybody. For workshops at a physical location, the workshop organizers 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.

Roles: To learn more about the roles at the workshop (who will be doing what), refer to our Workshop FAQ.

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.


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

Pre-workshop Survey

Post-workshop Survey


Day 1

Before Starting Pre-workshop survey
13:00 Tidy Data Pt. 1
14:30 Coffee & snack break
14:45 Tidy Data Pt. 2
16:00 Wrap-up
16:30 Post-workshop survey
17:00 END


To participate in a Library Carpentry workshop, you will need access to software as 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.

Microsoft Excel or other spreadsheet software

Spreadsheets are useful for data entry and data organization, and some subsetting and sorting of the data as well as getting an overview of the data. Participants must bring their own laptop with spreadsheet software installed. The instructors will be using Microsoft Excel, but participants are welcome to use any similar software such as Google Sheets or LibreOffice. You can find setup instructions on the setup page.