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Software Carpentry - Workshop at Interacting Minds Centre, Aarhus University

Graduate School, Arts at Aarhus University


A Software Carpentry workshop is hands-on two-day event that covers the core skills needed to be productive in a small research team. This particular workshop consists of three lessons: The Unix Shell, Version Control with Git, and Programming with Python.

Time and Place

Interacting Minds Centre, October  9-10, 2017, 9:00-16:00. Installation

support on October 9 at 8:00.


The Unix Shell

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.

Detailed program

Version Control with Git

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.

Detailed program

Programming with Python

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.

Our real goal isn’t to teach you Python, but to teach you the basic concepts that all programming depends on. We use Python in our lessons because:

1.                         we have to use something for examples;

2.                         it’s free, well-documented, and runs almost everywhere;

3.                         it has a large (and growing) user base among scientists; and

4.                         experience shows that it’s easier for novices to pick up than most other languages.

But the two most important things are to use whatever language your colleagues are using, so that you can share your work with them easily, and to use that language well.

Detailed program


Short tutorials alternate with practical exercises, and all instruction is done via live coding.


Host: Caitlin A. Stern

Instructors: Dan Mønster, Kristoffer L. Nielbo, Kristian Tylén


Run through Code of Conduct, Setup instructions and Episodes under each lesson link.


15h class and 10h preparation

Application / registration

Please apply via‚Äč no later than 1 October 2017.


Course dates
09 October 2017 - 10 October 2017
Caitlin A. Stern, Dan Mønster, Kristoffer L. Nielbo & Kristian Tylén
Aarhus University, Interacting Minds Centre
Nobelparken, room to be announced
Aarhus c
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