Workshop Library Carpentry - Praktische Konzepte und Werkzeuge für den Umgang mit Daten in Bibliotheken

TU Wien Bibliothek

12./13. Juni 2023

9:00 - 16:30 MESZ

Instructors: Doron Goldfarb, Florian Wörister

Helpers: Elise Harder

General Information

Library Carpentry is made by people working in library- and information-related roles to help you:

Library Carpentry introduces you to the fundamentals of computing and provides you with a platform for further self-directed learning. For more information on what we teach and why, please see our paper "Library Carpentry: software skills training for library professionals".

Who: The course is for people working in library- and information-related roles. You don't need to have any previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop.

Where: Resselgasse 4, 1040 Wien. Get directions with OpenStreetMap or Google Maps.

When: 12./13. Juni 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 for more information.

Roles: To learn more about the roles at the workshop (who will be doing what), refer to our Workshop FAQ.

Further information: Participation fee: 195 EUR. We will send you the payment details after registration.

Registration/Contact: Please register via email until 05-06-2023: Maximum number of participants: 15.

Organization: The workshop is organized by TU Wien Bibliothek, and instructors and helpers from TU Wien Bibliothek and Universität Wien.

TU Wien Bibliothek

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.

Collaborative Notes

We will use this collaborative document for chatting, taking notes, and sharing URLs and bits of code.


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

Pre-workshop Survey

Post-workshop Survey


Day 1

Before beginning Pre-workshop survey
09:00 Welcome and Introduction
09:15 Regular Expressions
10:30 Morning break
10:45 Regular Expressions continued
12:00 Lunch break
13:00 The Unix Shell
14:30 Afternoon break
14:45 The Unix Shell continued
16:00 Wrap-up
16:30 END

Day 2

09:00 The Unix Shell continued
10:30 Morning break
10:45 OpenRefine
12:00 Lunch break
13:00 OpenRefine continued
14:30 Afternoon break
14:45 OpenRefine continued
16:00 Wrap-up
16:30 Post-workshop survey


To participate in a Library 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 Bash Shell

Bash is a commonly-used shell that gives you the power to do simple tasks more quickly. Please find setup instructions in the lesson.


OpenRefine is a tool to clean up and organize messy data. Please find instructions to install it and the data used in the lesson in the lesson.

For the Open Refine reconciliation exercise, please download the additional data file Excel_20220907_140036a.xlsx

A German guide for reconciling data in Open Refine is available as PDF