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Introduction to Version Control with Git – Live Session

December 11, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Date: December 11, 2020

Time: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM


This hybrid asynchronous/synchronous workshop will cover the fundamentals of using version control for reproducible research. Topics covered will include installing the Git versioning control software locally, initiating a local Git repository, managing file versions, basic branching and merging, and time permitting intermediate topics including working with remote repositories and resolving conflicts. At the end of this workshop learners should be able to create new repos and begin using Git for version control of their individual projects.



  • Wednesday, December 2: Asynchronous materials available to registered learners. Complete specified modules prior to synchronous workshop.
  • Monday, December 7: Feel free to join our drop-in weekly Office Hours for install troubleshooting (optional).
  • Friday, December 11: synchronous (live) hands-on workshop and live Q&A session.


The workshop is suitable for participants with little to no previous Git experience. Familiarity with Unix command line is a plus but not required. All participants will need a computer on which they have administrative rights and are able to install software, and should have the latest version of Zoom installed. Prior to attending the live session on December 11th, learners need to complete a series of modules that cover installing and getting started with the Git software on their local machine.

While this workshop will not explicitly cover using the cloud-based GitHub platform, it is recommended that learners setup a free GitHub account to continue their learning and application post-workshop. Students can also request a GitHub student developer pack, which allows for unlimited free private repositories.


Registration is required. You will receive a confirmation once you are accepted into the workshop and a communication with the workshop materials and Zoom links.

This workshop is open to all members of the UC Davis community. DataLab Affiliates receive priority registration.



This workshop is led by DataLab’s Executive Director, Carl Stahmer, with support from postdoc Dr. Tyler Shoemaker.


Git Cheat Sheet
Pro Git


December 11, 2020
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Git Cheat Sheet
Pro Git


DataLab: Data Science and Informatics (DSI)