Carpentry Clippings, 16 September 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.

  • 21 September, 8:00PM UTC - The Carpentries Community Discussion with Kelly Barnes

  • 22 September, 12:00PM UTC - The Carpentries Community Discussion with Annika Rockenberger

  • 23 September, 8:00PM UTC -  The Carpentries Community Discussion with Sarah Stevens

For Instructors: Have you taught a workshop recently? Please consider attending one of the above community discussions to share your experience and help prepare future Carpentries instructors

Community News

Call for Feedback: The Carpentries Online Workshops Pilot
If you have recently taught a Carpentries workshop online, we would like to hear from you! Please take some time to fill out this survey and help The Carpentries continue to iterate on our online workshops:

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.

Monthly African Carpentries Meetup
The monthly African Carpentries meetup will be held 17 Sep 10:00 UTC. For more information, visit the Etherpad. 

Committee and Task Force News    

Introducing the Carpentries Community Facilitators Program
The Community Facilitators Program is a new initiative in The Carpentries that seeks to create new pathways for active involvement in everyday community activities by more community members. This program will help sustain the growing Carpentries community and support other core programs that contribute to the advancement of our mission. Read more information about the program here

If you are interested, please read this post and apply here. Applications close at the end of the day, anywhere on Earth on Monday, October 5. 

Update from the Instructor Training Team
The Instructor Training team will be scheduling Online Workshops bonus modules for certified Instructors soon. This new 3-hour workshop is designed to support Instructors in preparing to teach online as a supplement to our Recommendations for Teaching Carpentries Workshops Online

More information coming soon!
Carpentries Membership Team Transition

As of 9 September, our Director of Membership has departed the team. Read more here.

Please email with any questions and inquiries.

CarpentryCon @ Home
Can you believe 7 weeks have come and gone?! Thank you to all of the attendees who participated in our first CarpentryCon @ Home event. This event would not have been possible without the help of the Task Force, the Regional Hosts, the Presenters, and support from the Core Team. We are extremely grateful for all of the support and continued commitment to The Carpentries Community.

If you missed a session or would like to rewatch a session please go to our YouTube Playlist

What you may have missed on the blog and mailing lists

Now What? Next Steps after CarpentryCon @ Home
In this blog post, Community Member and CarpentryCon @ Home Task Force member Christina Koch outlines the next steps to take after CarpentryCon @ Home finished at the end of August. Read the full post here.

How We Use Feedback at The Carpentries
In this post, Carpentries Core Team members Karen Word and Kelly Barnes discuss how the feedback provided by our community informs the decisions and work of the Core Team. Read the post here.

Meet our 2020-2021 Cohort of Instructor Development Committee Leaders
This post introduces the next cohort of IDC leaders. Join us in welcoming them, and read the full post here. 

Tweet of the Week

Community Job Postings

The Carpentries & CyVerse are hiring for a Science Engagement Postdoctoral Position
This is a joint postdoc position between The Carpentries and CyVerse across a range of activities to develop, enhance, and expand the capacity of The Carpentries and CyVerse to develop curriculum, and build communities and opportunities for training in digital and computational science skills. Learn more and apply here.

University of Bristol is looking for a Research Software Engineer and Advanced Computing Systems Administrator
A position is available at the University of Bristol for a Research Software Engineer. For more information, visit their site here

The University of Manchester is seeking a Research Software Engineer
A position is available for a technically adept Research Software Engineer to support image processing, text mining and machine learning experts to compose their tools into computational workflows or pipelines. For more information, and to apply please visit here.


Call for Application – intensive Android Training Boot Camp by eMoiblis – by 20 September 2020
The Centre of Excellence for ICT in East Africa (CENIT@EA), a project of the East African Community (EAC) in cooperation with the German Government, is hosting an intensive Android Training Boot Camp in the latter half of 2020 and early part of 2021. For more information, please see this post on The Carpentries Topicbox.

Save the date: Carnegie Mellon University’s Open Science Symposium - 20 October 2020
Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania, USA is hosting a virtual symposium featuring talks from researchers, panel discussions, and networking opportunities. Dr. Kari L. Jordan, Executive Director of The Carpentries will be one of the speakers at the symposium. For more information, visit or email  

Applications are open for the 2021 Better Scientific Software Fellowship program
The Better Scientific Software (BSSw) Fellowship program fosters and promotes practices, processes and tools to improve developer productivity and software sustainability of scientific codes. Each 2021 BSSw Fellow will receive up to $25,000 for an activity that promotes better scientific software.  For more information see Carpentries Community Member David Bernholdt’s post on discuss here

Toolshed (Posts from our Past)

In September 2019, Carpentries community member, Diya Das published a post highlighting lessons learned from a community discussion on Burnout. Read the post here.

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