Introductory training on Git and GitHub basics using Rstudio

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Andree Valle-Campos


December 5, 2022

How to participate?

If you want to participate in the next version of this training, please complete this expression of interest form.

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What will you learn?

  • Explain why you need to know about Version Control if you work on an Open Science project.

  • Describe the most common verb commands to track changes using Git as a Version Control software within Rstudio.

  • Create a personal online profile to share my tracked changes on the web using GitHub.

  • Identify good practices to describe my tracked changes using Git and collaborate with others using GitHub.

Who is this training for?

This training is pitched to beginners with basic knowledge of Git who wish to learn more. Three examples of the type of learner who would benefit from this training are included below. The course will be relevant to those from various backgrounds (research degree students, project managers, etc.)

We thought about Lucia, Patricia, and Pepe as learner personas in designing the contents of this training:

  • Lucia is a Field epidemiologist. She uses R to clean data and create plots for outbreak response. She wants to communicate her doubts and ideas with package maintainers.

  • Patricia is a PhD student in a team with data analysts. She uses R to analyse infectious disease data. She wants to make her research code reusable and open to public.

  • Pepe is a Project Manager interested in community building. He wants to learn how to provide feedback on contributing good practices to Open Science projects.

What is not included in this training?

Topics that are out of the scope of this training include:

  • How to solve conflicts when merging branches.

  • How to revert commits as a safe method to undo changes.

  • How to review pull requests in GitHub.

  • How to use GitHub Actions for continuous integration of software.


The duration of this training is of 3.5 hours with breaks of approximately 5 minutes each 60 minutes.


Time Activity
2:00 - 2:05 Introduction
15min What is version control and why should I use it for Open Science projects?
5min The general workflow
10min How do I set up to start using Git?
10min Where does Git store information?
30min How do I record changes in Git?
5min Break away from the screen
20min How do I record notes about my changes and why?
30min How can I identify old versions of files? How do I review my changes?
10min How can I tell Git to ignore files I don’t want to track?
5min Break away from the screen
20min How do I share my changes with others on the web?
30min How can I use version control to collaborate with others?
15min What do I do when my changes conflict with someone else’s?
5:30 - 5:35 Closing

Materials you will need

We will use Git within the Rstudio graphical interface and GitHub. For this you will need to use these instructions:

Materials we used

Any questions?

If you need any assistance installing the software or have any other questions about the training, please send an email to




BibTeX citation:
  author = {Valle-Campos, Andree},
  title = {Introductory Training on {Git} and {GitHub} Basics Using
  date = {2022-12-05},
  url = {},
  langid = {en}
For attribution, please cite this work as:
Valle-Campos, Andree. 2022. “Introductory Training on Git and GitHub Basics Using Rstudio.” December 5, 2022.