Carpentry Clippings, 1 April 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

  • 6 April 2pm UTC: Community Discussion with Toby Hodges - Zoom Link
  • 7 April 2am UTC: Community Discussion with Liz Stokes - Zoom Link
  • 7 April 10am UTC: Community Discussion with Angelique van Rensburg, PhD - Zoom Link
  • 7 April 1pm & 4pm UTC: Carpentries Conversations: CarpentryCon Updates from The Task Force - Zoom Link
  • 13 April 2pm UTC: Community Discussion with Sarah Stevens - Zoom Link
  • 14 April 6pm UTC: Community Discussion with Scott Peterson - Zoom Link

Community News

An Update on CarpentryCon 2020
Members of the CarpentryCon 2020 Task Force and The Carpentries Core Team have made the tough decision not to host an in-person CarpentryCon 2020 in Madison, WI. While we would love to meet with our community members in person, everyone's health and safety comes first. Please stay tuned for additional updates on the way forward.

Executive Director Search
As you may know, the Carpentries have started a search process for our next Executive Director. There was strong interest in the Executive Director role, and the search committee has begun to interview a number of strong applicants. Our due diligence will continue throughout the spring. We will share more updates as we are able, and hope everyone can understand the need for confidentiality during the search process.

Carpentries Maintainer Applications are Open
Applications for Maintainer Onboarding are open! We are welcoming our newest cohort of Lesson Maintainers, who ensure that our curricula stay up-to-date. Our priority is ensuring that all of our lessons have active Maintainers. New and existing Maintainers are welcome to apply via this form by 30 April 2020, midnight your local time. Learn more about Maintainer Onboarding at this blog post, and join us at our upcoming interest meetings on 15 April 2020 to learn more! 

Announcing the COVID-19 Response Task Force 

In response to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, The Carpentries Core Team has convened a task force to develop a plan to pilot online instruction of The Carpentries curricula. Learn more about the context and scope of work of the task force here: 

Results of the 2020 Long-Term Survey Report
We are excited to release the results of our 2020 Long-Term Survey Report on GitHub and Zenodo. The report includes the analysis of 176 responses covering the data collected in 2019 (between November 1st, 2019 and January 2nd, 2020). We hope you can use this data to champion The Carpentries far and near.

We released our first long-term survey results in October 2017. You can find all of our learner data in our assessment GitHub repository.


Committee and Task Force News    

Carpentries Instructors in Africa
SADiLar and The Carpentries have teamed up and have funding to run workshops in 2020 aimed at postgraduate students in the Humanities and Social Sciences in South Africa. If you are interested in taking part, please contact

Led by Angelique van Rensburg, we are hoping to organise a meetup for Carpentries community members in Africa sometime this year. At this stage, we are keen to hear if you are interested and what your thoughts and ideas are. Let us know by filling this form.


What you may have missed on the blog and mailing lists

Tips for Teaching Online from The Carpentries Community
Thanks to great suggestions from Lex Nederbragt and Laura Acion, we invited community members to share their tips for teaching and learning online. We have now published two blog posts with tips and encourage you to have a read.  

A big thank you to Julie Vecchio, Hanna Varachkina, Darya Vanichkina, Angelique van Rensburg, Darya Vanichkina, David Pérez-Suárez, Elizabeth Wickes, Mario Antonioletti, Nandipa Sithiwe and our anonymous contributors for your contributions.

Tweet of the Week

Message of the Week

Sarah M Brown, PhD shared a great message in our community Slack recently, and we are sharing it here for the benefit of everyone not on Slack, and with Sarah's permission.

Community Job Postings

The Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Goettingen is looking for a Full Professor (W3) for Scientific Information Analytics (all genders welcome). Learn more at Birgit Schmidt’s post on TopicBox

The Digital Library Program at UCLA is hiring a programmer / Research Services Developer. Carpentries Workshops' instruction is a formal part of this job description. Apply here.

The Master of Data Science program and Department of Statistics at the University of British Columbia is hiring Postdoctoral Teaching & Learning Fellows to build and  bring industry standard Data Science Education to graduate and undergraduate students. More details available in Tiffany Timbers’ post on TopicBox.

Digital agriculture group at University of Arizona’s Data Science Institute is hiring a software engineer to help scientists leverage big data to improve agriculture, and a scientific programmer proficient in RStats to predict and analyse crop and plant growth with ecological models.

Illinois Natural History Survey is looking for a community manager and a Scientific Specialist. These two positions will help support the development of an open source tool for biodiversity informatics.



RStudio's Webinars on Teaching Online

If you missed RStudio’s two webinars on Teaching Online on Short Notice last week, then check out the following resources:

  • Greg Wilson’s Online Teaching Q&A 
  • Mine Çetinkaya-Rundel’s blog highlighting resources and tips for teaching (with) R remotely

Teaching Remotely in Low-Bandwidth Environments

Here is a very detailed guide from the University of Cape Town on low-tech online teaching resources that we highly recommend reading.

Virtual COVID-19 Preprint Journal Club

PREreview and JMIR Publications are joining forces to bring together scientists from across the globe for a virtual discussion and collaborative review of a recent preprint covering new research related to coronavirus SARS-COV-2 leading to the disease referred to as COVID-19. Help them select the preprint for the virtual journal club discussion.

OSG User School 2020 at the University of Wisconsin, Madison
The University of Wisconsin is seeking applicants for for the Open Science Grid (OSG) User School 2020, which takes place July 6-10 at the beautiful University of Wisconsin in Madison. Participants will learn to use high throughput computing (HTC) to harness vast amounts of computing power for research, applicable to nearly any field of study (e.g., physics, chemistry, engineering, life sciences, earth sciences, agricultural and animal sciences, economics, social sciences, medicine, and more). Learn more here

Csv,conf,v5 Will Be Held Virtually in May 2020 will now be held online between 13 - 14 May 2020. Check their website for an update on speakers. Information on remote participation in this virtual conference will also be shared soon on their website.

Research Bazaar Sydney Postponed to 2021
In our last newsletter, we shared an update asking community members to register for Research Bazaar (ResBaz) 2020 in Sydney. Due to COVID-19, ResBaz Sydney 2020 has been postponed to 2021. Please fill this form if you would like to be contacted about helping, teaching or instructing at ResBaz 2021. 


Toolshed (Posts from our Past)
Almost a year ago, Serah Njambi Rono authored a blog post laying out the guiding ethos behind Communications at The Carpentries. As was true then, and is especially true now, we invite you to continually share your thoughts, experiences, and suggestions on ways our communications can improve to better accommodate our evolving community. You can share your input by emailing

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