zedif Carpentries Workshop

Friedrich Schiller University Jena

Nov 08, Nov 15, and Nov 22, 2022

08:00 am - 12:00 am

Instructors: Cora Assmann, Christian Knüpfer, Philipp Schäfer

Helpers: Frank Löffler

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 aimed at anyone having to work with tabular datasets. The examples are targeting 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: Windows pool 2 (room 3417)/Linux pool 1 (room 3413), Ernst-Abbe-Platz 2, 07743 Jena. Get directions with OpenStreetMap or Google Maps.

When: Nov 08, Nov 15, and Nov 22, 2022.

Requirements: Participants are encouraged to 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). In case that is not possible, participants can use provided computers. The workshops will take place in a university computer lab.

Accessibility: We are committed to making this workshop accessible to everybody. The computer lab are wheelchair accessible and there are accessible restrooms in the building.

We are dedicated to providing a positive and accessible learning environment for all. Please notify us in advance of the workshop if you require additional accommodations or if there is anything we can do to make this workshop more accessible to you.

Contact: Please email zedif@uni-jena.de 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



Before Starting Pre-workshop survey
08:00 OpenRefine
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08:00 The Unix Shell
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08:00 Introduction to Git
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After Ending Post-workshop survey


This section is relevant, if you bring your own laptop.

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.

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 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 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.