Software and Data Instruction Events



The University of Arkansas is pleased to provide basic software training to DART (Data Analytics that are Robust & Trusted) NSF grant members.  At this time, all instruction will be using the Carpentries programming.  Please see the Software Carpentries Classes tabs for information on the course description.

The Unix Shell

Suggested Audience:        Appropriate for All Users                                                                                           Workshop Format: Carpentries Focus LogoDART User Group

The Unix shell has been around longer than most of its users have been alive. It has survived so long because it’s a power tool that allows people to do complex things with just a few keystrokes. More importantly, it helps them combine existing programs in new ways and automate repetitive tasks so they aren’t typing the same things over and over again. Use of the shell is fundamental to using a wide range of other powerful tools and computing resources (including “high-performance computing” supercomputers). These lessons will start you on a path towards using these resources effectively.

Version Control with Git (and Git Hub)


Suggested audience: General audience                                                                                                          Workshop format:Carpentries Format  DART formatting


Teams are not the only ones to benefit from version control: lone researchers can benefit immensely. Keeping a record of what was changed, when, and why is extremely useful for all researchers if they ever need to come back to the project later on (e.g., a year later, when memory has faded).

Version control is the lab notebook of the digital world: it’s what professionals use to keep track of what they’ve done and to collaborate with other people. Every large software development project relies on it, and most programmers use it for their small jobs as well. And it isn’t just for software: books, papers, small data sets, and anything that changes over time or needs to be shared can and should be stored in a version control system.

Programming with Python


Suggested audience:  For all audiences                                                                                                 Workshop format: Carpentries Format DART Format


The best way to learn how to program is to do something useful, so this introduction to Python is built around a common scientific task: data analysis. While this is an introduction to Python, but its real purpose is to introduce the single most important idea in programming: how to solve problems by building functions. A goal is to teach people a little about the mechanics of manipulating data with lists and file I/O so that their functions can do things they actually care about.

For DART classes - the session will be divided into two parts.