Welcome to the inaugural Software and Data Carpentry newsletter. We are launching this newsletter to keep you well informed around all of the various activities and opportunities in the community.
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October 2016 Carpentries Community Newsletter

This newsletter highlights community activities 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 are 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. 
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