Carpentries Carpentry Newsletter

Data Carpentry and Software Carpentry put out a joint newsletter each month highlighting happenings in the Carpentry community, job postings, meetup opportunities, and more. To subscribe, sign up here.

Previously published newsletters are also available below.


### November 2016

Share your thoughts on Twitter @swcarpentry and @datacarpentry.

Highlights from the Community Calendar

November Community Call - At the November Community Call we had an active discussion in both sessions about the opportunities and challenges of teaching undergraduates. Look at the Etherpad for a summary of the topics we discussed. We are canceling the December meeting as it falls during a very busy time for most in the Northern Hemisphere. Look for the January 20th call with an open conversation with Steering Committee Candidates.

Virtual Assessment Network Meeting - The Virtual Assessment Network will have their second meeting on Monday, December 12th at 5pm UTC. To learn more about this network read the notes from their first meeting. To participate send an email to DC’s Deputy Director of Assessment, Kari L. Jordan, at kariljordan@carpentries.org.

Community News

Run for steering committee - If you are interested in taking your community participation to the next level, please consider running for Steering Committee. Details about how to write your candidate blog post. The deadline is fast approaching! So get those posts in soon.

In July the Software Carpentry Steering Committee was invited to be a signatory of the Python 3 Statement - As our Python lessons are now advocating for teaching Python 3 and more and more communities are moving that way, the steering committee felt it was good to be a part of this aspirational statement about the future of Python in research and science. Get your project to sign as well, all it takes is a GitHub Pull request.

RStudio Consultant Directory - Are you considering ways you can get your name out there as an expert in the R Community. Take your Software Carpentry teaching experience and let companies know that you’d be willing to help develop custom lesosns and workshops for them. RStudio has invited experienced instructors in our community to add their name to their consultant directory.

Papers & manuscripts from the community

Top ten reading list in Reproducibility - What are the top papers to read in reproducibility? Lorena Barba has put together a list. Is there anything you’d add. Join the conversation in the comments of Lorena’s post.

Subcommittee Activity

The Mentoring subcommittee is working on creating new pathways for experienced instructors to help mentor those who are new to teaching for the Carpentries. Please stay tuned for news on how you can be involved!

What you may have missed on the blog and mailing lists

Belonging: Developing a Community of Practice among Data Carpentry Learners - DC Blog Post
Python live coding - active discussion of approaches to live coding with Python.
top down vs. bottom up teaching python? - a discussion of the merits of teaching a language’s rigorous elements first, or demonstrating a problem from the field of the learner.

Community Job postings

R Programmer for Conservation Biology

Other places to connect

Going to a workshop or conference, add the details to our events etherpad and meet other carpenters.
Twitter - Software Carpentry / Data Carpentry
Slack
GitHub - Software Carpentry / Data Carpentry
LinkedIn
Facebook

Have something you’d like to have included send it to newsletter@carpentries.org.


October 2016

This newsletter highlights several new and exciting accomplishments we’d like the community to be aware of. Share your thoughts on Twitter @swcarpentry and @datacarpentry.

Highlights from the Software and Data Carpentry Community Calendar

Mentoring Subcommittee Meeting - We are excited to announce that the mentoring subcommittee will meet on November 14th and 28th. Be a part of this growing group of passionate leaders. To learn more subscribe to the mentoring email list. We want to hear from you.

November Community Call - Join us November 17th for our next community call. We will be talking about the experience of teaching Software and Data Carpentry lessons and modules to undergraduates. Do our lessons resonate with that population, what if any changes might need to be made to serve that audience better? If you missed last month’s community call, we had a great discussion on assessment and ways to support learners post-workshop here are the notes.

Instructor Discussion Sessions - Want to prepare for an upcoming workshop, discuss previous workshops, and learn from the community? Participate in one of the many instructor discussion sessions. These sessions are held every Tuesday alternating between 7:00, 20:00 UTC and 15:00, 23:00 UTC. Information about upcoming sessions can be found on the discussion etherpad. Additionally, you’re always encouraged to lead a session.

Community Calendar - We keep an up-to-date community calendar for your convenience. Subscribe to the calendar to participate in the activities and events that interest you.

Community News

Partnership with NSBE - Data and Software Carpentry partnered with the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) on the Code Success @ NSBE program to offer Coding Bootcamps in Norfolk, VA and Atlanta, GA early next month. NSBE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1975. NSBE’s mission is “to increase the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.” Code Success @ NSBE is a Google grant program aimed at increasing the number of Black engineers in the field of Computer Science. Data and Software Carpentry is proud to have been selected to offer lessons on the Unix shell, Python, and Git.

Assessment of Data Carpentry Workshop Impact - Data Carpentry workshops have had a significant impact on learners. An analysis of Data Carpentry post-workshop surveys has been published on the Data Carpentry website, and an interactive report is located here.

Papers & manuscripts from the community

Our community participated in the creation of the following manuscripts and papers. Please read and share the papers with our community.
Abstract - Building a Carpentry: Research Computing Efficacy and the Carpentry Learner here.

Subcommittee Activity

Maintainer Committee Meeting - The maintainers committee plans to create a developer committee. There were also discussions about instructor notes, translation of lessons and minor changes to templates.

What you may have missed on the blog and mailing lists

Community Job postings

Other places to connect

Going to a workshop or conference, add the details to our events etherpad and meet other carpenters.
Twitter - Software Carpentry / Data Carpentry
Slack
GitHub - Software Carpentry / Data Carpentry
LinkedIn
Facebook

Have something you’d like to have included send it to newsletter@software-carpentry.org


September 2016

Welcome to the inaugural Software and Data Carpentry (together the Carpentries) newsletter. We are launching this newsletter to keep our community well informed around all of the various activities and opportunities in our community. We’ve had considerable growth over the past year, since January 1, 2016. See the final section of the newsletter for year-to-date statistics from our teaching activities.

Highlights from the Software and Data Carpentry Community Calendar

October Community Call - October 20th, 2016 - Come join us for the community call on Thursday October 20th. We will be talking about improving assessment and other community happenings. Have a look at last month’s notes if you missed the call.

Discussion Sessions - Discussion session times have changed to better accommodate our global community. Two sessions are held every Tuesday alternating between 7:00, 20:00 UTC and 15:00, 23:00 UTC. They’re a great way to prepare for upcoming workshops, debrief on past ones and learn from others in the community. Information about upcoming sessions can be found on the discussion etherpad, sign up for one if you’re recently taught or want to reconnect with carpentries instructors. If you are an experienced instructor, having taught 3 or more times, please consider signing up to lead a session. Want to learn more, get on the mentoring email list or join a mentoring meeting details are on the community calendar

Community Calendar - with so many activities and subcommittee meetings, we’ve begun to keep a community calendar up-to-date. Consider subscribing to the calendar so you can participate in the activities and events that interest you.

Community News

  • New Announcements List - We’ve created an announcements list to better communicate with community members. You can expect a monthly newsletter and periodic and timely community announcements on this list. It is meant to be the canonical source for information from both of Data and Software Carpentry. Feel free to share the signup link with interested parties.

  • Special Election on Software Carpentry Steering Committee rules - See the following blog post on rules for SWC Steering Committee voting. This minor tweak serves to ensure that the Software Carpentry Steering Committee continuity is preserved in cases where a large number (or all) Steering Committee members change in an election.

  • 2017 Software Carpentry Steering Committee Election - It is time to start thinking about the Steering Committee Election coming up in early 2017. If you’re interested in serving on the steering committee, start thinking about a blog post to share your vision for the future of Software Carpentry. We’ll have an official call for blog posts in December and the deadline for them will be in early January. The election will follow 30-days after blog posts from candidates are submitted.

  • Workshop at Sogang University in Seoul, South Korea, more info here

There were or will be talks pertaining to Software and Data Carpentry at:

Please welcome our new instructor trainers to the instructor training community.
Neal Davis (U. Illinois, USA), Karin Lagesen (U. Oslo, Norway), and Anelda van der Walt (Talarify, South Africa). This brings our total number of instructor trainers to 11 globally. If you’re a senior instructor interested in takings steps to become an Instructor Trainer in the future, please contact Greg Wilson.

Papers & manuscripts from the community

Our community participated in the creation of the following manuscripts and papers. Please contribute comments to the manuscripts and read/share the papers with your community.

Please make suggestions for the Software Carpentry website section on reading material relevant to our community. Pull requests on GitHub are welcome to this file.

What you may have missed on the blog and mailing lists

Community Job postings

Year to date statistics

So far, we’ve taught 280 workshops with 4,600 reported learners. We’re inching close to 800 total instructors with about half having taught a workshop this year! On top of that we’ve taught 21 instructor trainings.

Other places to connect

Going to a workshop or conference, add the details to our events etherpad and meet other carpenters.
Twitter - Software Carpentry / Data Carpentry
Slack
GitHub - Software Carpentry / Data Carpentry
LinkedIn
Facebook

Have something you’d like to have included send it to newsletter@software-carpentry.org