Geospatial Workshop with R

Arizona State University


Mar 8-9, 2021

9:00 am - 4:00 pm MST

Instructors: Ryan Peek, Annajiat Alim Rasel, Lisa Rosenthal

Helpers: Rebecca Belshe, Calvin Pritchard, Jason Yalim, Gil Speyer, Martin Frigaard


General Information

Data Carpentry develops and teaches workshops on the fundamental data skills needed to conduct research. Its target audience is researchers who have little to no prior computational experience, and its lessons are domain specific, building on learners' existing knowledge to enable them to quickly apply skills learned to their own research. 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 "Good Enough 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: This training will take place online. The instructors will provide you with the information you will need to connect to this meeting.

When: Mar 8-9, 2021. Add to your Google Calendar.

Requirements: Participants must have access to a computer 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).

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

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.

Collaborative Notes

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


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

Pre-workshop Survey

Post-workshop Survey


We’ll be meeting via zoom at this link.

Day 1: Mon, March 8

Before starting Pre-workshop survey
09:00am MST Introductions!
09:35am MST 1. Introduction to Raster Data
10:00am MST 2. Introduction to Vector Data
10:15am MST 3. Coordinate Reference Systems
10:30am MST BREAK
10:45am MST 1. Introduction to R and RStudio
11:05am MST 2. Project Management With RStudio
11:20am MST 3. Data Structures
12:30pm MST LUNCH
1:30pm MST 4. Exploring Data Frames
2:00pm MST 5. Subsetting Data
2:30pm MST 6. Data frame Manipulation with dplyr
3:05pm MST BREAK
3:20pm MST 7. Introduction to Visualization
3:50pm MST 8. Writing Data
4:00pm MST Done!

Day 2: Tue, March 9

09:00am MST 1. Introduction to Raster Data
09:50am MST 2. Plot Raster Data
10:45am MST BREAK
11:00am MST 3. Reproject Raster Data
11:45am MST 4. Raster Calculations
12:00pm MST LUNCH
1:00pm MST 6. Open and Plot Shapefiles
1:30pm MST 7. Explore and Plot by Vector Layer Attributes
2:20pm MST BREAK
2:35pm MST 8. Plot Multiple Shapefiles
3:50pm MST 9. Handling Spatial Projection & CRS
--:--pm MST 10. Convert from .csv to a Shapefile
3:55pm MST Post-workshop survey
4:00pm MST Done!


To participate in a Data 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.

Install the videoconferencing client

If you haven't used Zoom before, go to the official website to download and install the Zoom client for your computer.

Set up your workspace

Like other Carpentries workshops, you will be learning by "coding along" with the Instructors. To do this, you will need to have both the window for the tool you will be learning about (a terminal, RStudio, your web browser, etc..) and the window for the Zoom video conference client open. In order to see both at once, we recommend using one of the following set up options:

This blog post includes detailed information on how to set up your screen to follow along during the workshop.

The setup instructions for the Data Carpentry Geospatial workshop can be found at the workshop overview site.