Library Carpentry Workshop: Introduction to Working with Data (Regular Expressions)

This workshop introduces attendees to working with data using regular expressions, providing background on the regular expression language and how it can be used to match and extract text and to clean data.

Topics covered:

  • Using regular expressions in your work
  • Using regular expressions to match and extract strings
  • Finding and matching strings with regular expressions

Requirements: Please bring a laptop with a Mac, Linux, or Windows operating system (not a tablet, Chromebook, etc.) that you have administrative privileges on. Please make sure that your web browser is up to date.

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This workshop is part of a programme of Library Carpentry workshops.

The Centre for Data Culture and Society is offering a limited number of places on our Library Carpentry course, run in partnership with the Centre for Research Collections and the National Library of Scotland.

Library Carpentry will introduce you to the fundamentals of computing and provide you with a platform for further self-directed learning. You can choose to attend the full programme of workshops, or to participate only in workshops that are useful to you (workshops will be advertised individually).

The programme focuses on building software and data skills within library and information-related communities, and aims to help you to:

  • automate repetitive, boring, error-prone tasks
  • create, maintain and analyse sustainable and reusable data
  • work effectively with IT and systems colleagues
  • better understand the use of software in research
  • and much more

Previous knowledge of the tools to be presented at sessions is not required.

Full programme outline:

  • Introduction to Working with Data (Regular Expressions)
  • Tidy Data for Librarians
  • OpenRefine
  • The UNIX Shell
  • Introduction to Python for Libraries
  • Introduction to R for Libraries

To book a place on another of the above workshops, see our other events advertised.

 Click here for more information about the Library Carpentry programme.


Digital Scholarship Centre

Digital Scholarship Centre, 6th floor

Main Library 

University of Edinburgh 

Edinburgh EH8 9LJ