Carpentry Clippings, 5 August 2020

Highlights from The Carpentries Community Calendar

Community Discussions and Themed Discussions in The Carpentries are a great way to interact with, learn from and share your knowledge and experiences with other Carpentries community members from around the world. Subscribe to our community calendar for updates on community calls that may pique your interest and are in a befitting hour depending on your timezone and schedule.  You can also watch some of our recorded community calls on our YouTube channel

  • 5 August at 15:00 UTC: Community Discussion with Sarah Stevens
  • 12 August at 15:00 UTC: Community Discussion with Elizabeth Williams
  • 17 August at 10:00 UTC: Community Discussion with Angelique van Rensburg

Have you taught an online workshop? Please consider attending one of the above community discussions to share your experience and help prepare future Carpentries instructors.

Community News

Request for Input: Equitable access to and availability of platforms and tools used for collaboration in online communities

There have been pockets of discussion within The Carpentries community around this subject in the last year or so, and we would like to hear from you:

What tools and platforms used by The Carpentries are inaccessible or unavailable to people in certain regions around the world?

Please share as much detail as you can under issue 26 in The Carpentries Conversations repository or under this post on TopicBox , with links where possible, and remember to mention affected countries / regions in your response.

We hope to gather input over the next few weeks, as we work to organise for community discussions to deliberate, and determine a way forward.

CarpentryCon @ Home

Our Conference So Far
We are in week 4 of CarpentryCon @ Home and have had over 200 community members participate so far! Join the conversations on our slack channel #carpentrycon. We look forward to seeing you!

CarpentryCon @ Home runs from 14 July - 31 August. 

For the full schedule please visit the CarpentryCon Website. Other places to keep up to date with conference ongoings:

CarpentryCon @ Home Fireside Chats: What Would You Like Discussed?
On 26 August 2020 at 21h00 UTC and 27 August 2020 at 15h00 UTC, a few community builders and wranglers will come together in two fireside chats to discuss different challenges, ideas and approaches around Growing Inclusive, Computational Communities and Leaders. Please fill this form with any questions or topics you would like to be part of the agenda for the fireside chats and we will make sure to include them in the sessions.

Committee and Task Force News    

Seeking a New Maintainer Community Lead
Our current Maintainer Community Lead, Angela Li, will be stepping down from the role this August and The Carpentries is looking for someone to take over the role. 

To learn more about the role, please read Angela Li’s blog post about her experiences as the Maintainer Community Lead, and if you are interested please contact Erin Becker at by 30 August, 2020 to apply, and thank you to Angela for all of her work in defining the position!

Update from the Library Carpentry Advisory Group Meeting
The Library Carpentry Advisory Group met July 21st for their quarterly meeting. They discussed: 

  • Succession planning for this group

  • The newly stable Tidy Data lesson 

  • How best to survey Library Carpentry learners and maintainers, 

  • How The Carpentries Executive Council can help formally structure and define lesson programs and their advisory councils in general 

  • Moving emerging Carpentries-style Library Carpentry lessons to the Carpentries Incubator for further development.

What you may have missed on the blog and mailing lists

Carpentries Community Discussion Host Onboarding Open Now
If you are interested in hosting a Carpentries Community Discussion, host onboarding is open now. For more information and how to get started read the blog here

Announcing Glosario
In this blog post, community and Core Team members Ian Flores Siaca, François Michonneau, Zhian Kamvar, and Greg Wilson describe Glosario, an open source glossary of terms used in data science that is available online and also as a library in both R and Python. Read more here.

A New Release of pip is Out
In The Carpentries TopicBox, community member Sumana Harihareswara highlights changes and updates in the new release of pip. For more details please see the original post on discuss here.

Tweet of the Week

Community Job Postings


Data Curators at Dryad
Dryad, a digital repository dedicated to making research data discoverable, freely reusable and citable is looking for a Data Curator. Read the full posting and apply here.

Data Analyst Intern at TFE Energy - Based in Munich, Germany or Capetown, South Africa
TFE Energy, a company working to bring electricity to those without it globally is searching for a Data Analyst intern to Support the VIDA Team in analysing data from our customers and partner companies for the development of VIDA. For more information and to apply, please visit the full posting here.

The African Open Science Platform is seeking a Director
To learn more about the position’s requirements and to apply please visit the posting here.

The University of British Columbia, Vancouver is seeking a Assistant Professor of Computational Linguistics
The Department of Linguistics at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, invites applications for a tenure-track position in Computational Linguistics to begin January 1, 2021, with appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor of Teaching. For more information and to apply, please visit here.

NumFOCUS is searching for a Open Source Developer Advocate
NumFOCUS, an organisation that promotes open practices in research, data, and scientific computing by serving as a fiscal sponsor for open source projects and organising community-driven educational programs is searching for an Open Source Developer Associate to assist projects by serving as a link between internal and external stakeholders. For more information and to apply, please visit here


Invitation to An Open Source Study by Carnegie Mellon University
A research team at Carnegie Mellon University is looking for participants in a survey on open source awareness and participation. If you are interested in completing the survey and helping the team, please follow this link.


Helpers Needed: Economics Data Carpentry Workshop 23-24 August
Helpers are needed for a workshop with a main goal of teaching graduate students and young economists concepts related to effective, reproducible data management using bash, git and Stata. The workshop is a satellite event of the annual congress of the European Economic Association. If you are available to help answer students’ questions and assist, please contact Miklos Koren (

Toolshed (Posts from our Past)

In June of 2018, Carpentries Core Team member François Michonneau published a summary of tweets generated at CarpentryCon2018 in Dublin. Read the full summary here, and if you have attended a session at CarpentryCon @ home, please share your experiences with the hashtag #CarpentryConHome

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