Software Carpentry workshop

Date 23 - 24 June 2016
Speaker(s) Geoffrey Fucile, Stefan Pfenninger, Thomas Guignard
Fees *academic: 20 CHF   -   for-profit: 0 CHF
Cancellation deadline 15 Jun 2016
City Basel
*academic fee includes non for-profit organisations as well as unemployed participants at the time of application.


Software Carpentry's mission is to help scientists and engineers get more research done in less time and with less pain by teaching them basic lab skills for scientific computing. This hands-on workshop will cover basic concepts and tools, including program design, version control, data management, and task automation. Participants will be encouraged to help one another and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems.

During this course participants will learn about:

  • Automating tasks with the Unix shell
  • Building programs with Python
  • Version control with Git
  • Managing data with SQL

More detailed information and registration here:


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.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Automate repetitive tasks [shell scripts]
  • Write computer programs for data analysis and other tasks [python programming]
  • Use version control to keep track of their work, make it reproducible and share it with others ("open science") [git and GitHub]
  • Use database tools to manage large amounts of data [SQL]


Participants must bring a wifi enabled laptop with a few specific software packages installed (listed here). They are also required to abide by Software Carpentry's Code of Conduct.


The registration fees are 20 CHF.

The course is full.

More detailed information and registration on the waiting list here:


Vortragssaal (1. Floor), University Library Basel, Schönbeinstrasse 18-20, CH-4056 Basel. Get directions with OpenStreetMap or Google Maps.

Additional information

This workshop is hosted by the University Library in Basel. It is organized in collaboration with the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics and with support from SIB and the Library Information Switzerland (BIS).

Please mail for more information regarding this workshop.