Digital Methods for Historians

Aarhus University

Tuesdays and Fridays, 5 Sep - 13 Oct 2023

13:00 - 15:00

Instructors: Adela Sobotkova, Max Odsbjerg

Helpers: Lise Søndergaard Jensen

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: Jens Skous Vej 5, 8000 Aarhus (Bygn 1483-444 to 1481-237). Get directions with OpenStreetMap or Google Maps.

When: Tuesdays and Fridays, 5 Sep - 13 Oct 2023. Add to your Google Calendar.

Requirements: Participants must bring a laptop 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 committed to making this workshop accessible to everybody. For workshops at a physical location, the workshop organizers have checked that:

Materials will be provided in advance of the workshop and large-print handouts are available if needed by notifying the organizers in advance. If we can help making learning easier for you (e.g. sign-language interpreters, lactation facilities) please get in touch (using contact details below) and we will attempt to provide them.

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.


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

Pre-workshop Survey

Post-workshop Survey


Week 36

Lecture Intro to Digital Methods for Historians
Lecture Encountering Rmarkdown
Seminar Regular Expressions
Seminar Practising Regular Expressions

Week 37

Lecture Intro to Data
Lecture Data Organization in Spreadsheets
Seminar OpenRefine for Data Cleaning
Seminar Creating and streamlining data: Danish Kings and Aarhus Occupations

Week 38

Lecture Research design
Lecture Managing a digital project
Seminar Introduction to R
Seminar Starting with data

Week 39

Lecture Data visualisation and storytelling
Lecture Troubleshooting R
Seminar Data wrangling in tidyverse
Seminar Visualisation with ggplot
Seminar Visualise Danish kings, European homicides or global development

Week 40

Lecture Text mining with tidytext in R (with Max Odsbjerg)
Seminar Sentiment Analysis in R
Seminar Create maps in R
Seminar Learn about Webscraping

Week 41

Lecture Research Data Management
Seminar Evaluations
Seminar Project presentations
Seminar Class wrap-up


To participate in a Data Carpentry workshop, you will need access to software as 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.

The setup instructions for the Data Carpentry Social Sciences workshops (with R) can be found at the workshop overview site.