COMBINE Software Carpentry Workshop: Murdoch Childrens Research Institute


COMBINE are running an R Software Carpentry workshop at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute on May 27-29, 2015, and would like to invite you to attend. The workshop will introduce automation with the Unix shell, versioning and sharing your with with Git and programming and data visualisation with R.

Software Carpentry’s aim is to teach researchers basic computing concepts and skills so that they can get more done in less time, and with less pain. You don’t need any programming experience to attend, just a desire to learn!

Our instructors are scientists like yourselves, post-docs and PhD students from the life sciences fields of bioinformatics, botany, molecular modelling and neuroscience.

This workshop is brought to you by COMBINE, the MCRI Bioinformatics group and the Life Sciences Computation Centre.

This event is sponsored by MCRI Bioinformatics.



Day 1 – Wednesday 27th May 2015
Time: 9am-5pm
Unix shell (and how to automate repetitive tasks)
Git and GitHub (and how to track and share work efficiently)

Day 2 – Thursday 28th May 2015
Time: 1:30pm-5:30pm
R (and how to grow a program and visualise data in a modular, testable way)

Day 3 – Friday 29th May 2015
Time: 1:30pm-5:30pm (with networking opportunity to follow)
R (and how to grow a program and visualise data in a modular, testable way)

Note: All days are compulsory, unless you have previously attended an equivalent Software Carpentry Workshop.


Where: Vernon Collins Theatre, Level 1, Royal Children’s Hospital, 50 Flemington Road, Parkville VIC 3052

Registration and additional details can be found at:

We encourage participants to sign up in pairs or groups, so that you have support applying what you’ve learned after the workshop.

Software Carpentry’s teaching is hands-on, so participants are required to bring their own laptops. You can find detailed instructions on setting up the required software on the workshop website.

See for information about this workshop in particular, or for information about Software Carpentry. If you would like more information, please email

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