Workshops and presentations

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We're hosting live workshops and recorded presentations as part of the Research Software Camp: Beyond the Spreadsheet (online from 1 to 12 November 2021). All of the workshops and presentations have been prepared and will be delivered by the speakers at the panel discussion "Do we have the right tools for research?". 

All events and presentations listed below are free to register and access.

Note that each workshop has an individual registration link. Sign up for as many of them as you wish. It's not mandatory to attend them all, or to attend a particular session in the Camp to get access for the rest of the events and resources.



Lucia Michielin introduces attendees to working with data in OpenRefine, and how to use it to work with data files.

Register to the OpenRefine workshop on Wednesday 3 November 2021 (9:30 to 12:30 GMT). 

Google Sheets 

Mor Rubinstein, Head of Data Strategy at Parkinson UK, will deliver a workshop on Google Sheets. Come and learn how to use advanced Google spreadsheet features even if you are only a beginner.

Register for the Google Sheets workshop on Thursday 4 November, (11:00 to 12:00 GMT).

Filament - a collaborative Python workspace for data analysis

Euan Wielewski, Clive Siviour and Annie Sinclair will introduce Filament before allowing participants to explore its capabilities. The workshop is designed to be accessible to people with any level of Python experience, from beginners to advanced programmers.

Register for the Filament workshop on Friday 5 November (10:00 to 12:00 GMT).

From spreadsheets to R

RStudio certified instructors, Yanina Bellini Saibene and Paola Corrales have put together this R introductory course for new or beginner coders. “From spreadsheets to R” is intended for people who use spreadsheets for data manipulation and analysis but would like to learn how to work with R and have never programmed.

Register to the workshop From spreadsheets to R on Tuesday 9 November 2021 (14:00 to 17:00 GMT).


Excel meets Lambda

Andy Gordon from Microsoft Research discusses the programming possibilities opened up by LAMBDA in Excel – the world’s most widely used programming language – and to outline some research challenges.​

Access the presentations on Microsoft LAMBDA.

In defence of the spreadsheet: data and historical research

Lucy Huggins discusses the benefits of spreadsheets in addition to overcoming their limitations. 

View the presentation on our YouTube channel.

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