Workshops and events


We hold workshops open to anyone at Stanford. We are happy to provide training or instruction to your lab or research group on topics of interest to you.

We love students! We can talk with your class about keeping data organized and other best practices.

We are available to participate in your lab meeting, staff meeting, faculty meeting, symposium, or brown-bag event. We can do 5 minutes to an hour (or more!). Just let us know what you'd like to hear about and when.

Carpentries workshops

Data Management Services hosts two-day Carpentries workshops for graduate students, post-docs, and other researchers on Stanford's campus. These workshops are designed to help attendees become more productive scientists by teaching them basic computing skills. If you are interested in working with us to host a SWC or DC workshop for your students, please contact us at We would love to talk with you!

Upcoming workshops

  • Stay tuned for information about upcoming 2019-2020 workshops!

Previous workshops

  • SWC: April 16 & 17, 2019
  • SWC: January 23 & 24, 2019
  • SWC: October 10 & 11, 2018
  • SWC: March 6 & 7, 2018
  • DC: June 17 & 18, 2017: Office of Post-doctoral Affairs
  • SWC: July 23 & 24, 2015: Hopkins Marine Station & CEHG (read about this workshop)
  • DC: April 23 & 24, 2015: Stanford Bioscience Student Association
  • SWC: August 14 & 15, 2014: Biophysics & Stanford Bioscience Student Association
  • SWC: July 28 & 29, 2014: Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • SWC: July 28 & 29, 2014: Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • SWC: Jan 27 & 28, 2014: Experimental physics (read about this workshop)

Hands-on intro to SQL (Structured Query Language) workshop

Do you need to ask complicated questions of your data? Do you need sophistication and a spreadsheet just won't do? Then a relational database may be for you! Join us for a hands-on, interactive introduction to SQL, the language for querying structured data. Computers with all the necessary software will be provided for you.

Topics include: importing content into a SQLite database (DB); info on relational DBs, DB management systems, and DB design; basic queries, including unique values and calculations; filtering; building complex queries; sorting; nulls; order of execution; aggregating; joining; and lots more helpful tips.

Can't make the workshop? All the materials are available in the workshop's GitHub repository!

Upcoming workshops

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