Data Organization in Spreadsheets: Setup


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About the data

The data for this lesson is a part of the Data Carpentry Ecology workshop. It is a teaching version of the Portal Database. The data in this lesson is a subset of the teaching version that has been intentionally ‘messed up’ for this lesson.

The data for this lesson and the workshop are in the Portal Project Teaching Database available on FigShare, with a CC-BY license available for reuse.

Ernest, M., Brown, J., Valone, T., and White, E.P. (2017). Portal Project Teaching Database. Version 6. Figshare. DOI: 10.6084/m9.figshare.1314459.v6


To interact with spreadsheets, we can use LibreOffice, Microsoft Excel, Gnumeric,, or other programs. Commands may differ a bit between programs, but the general ideas for thinking about spreadsheets are the same.

For this lesson, if you don’t have a spreadsheet program already, you can use LibreOffice. It’s a free, open source spreadsheet program.


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