Carpentry Clippings, 29 April 2020

In this edition of Carpentry Clippings, we introduce our new Executive Director, Dr. Kari L. Jordan! Additionally, we are highlighting some community generated tips and insights for online teaching that we shared in our blog, plus  job opportunities, and more.

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

  • 30 April 8am UTC: Community Discussion with Toby Hodges
  • 30 April 1pm UTC: Community Discussion with Angelique van Rensburg
  • 4 May 2am UTC: Community Discussion with Liz Stokes
  • 5 May 6pm UTC: Community Discussion with Scott Peterson 
  • 12 May 6pm UTC: Community Discussion with Scott Peterson 
  • 13 May 12pm UTC: Community Discussion with Toby Hodges

Community News

Introducing our new Executive Director!
We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Kari L. Jordan is the new Executive Director of The Carpentries, effective 16 April, 2020. This announcement comes after a rigorous international search conducted by Marcum LLP and members of the search committee (Karen Cranston, Amy Hodge and Elizabeth Wickes) appointed by the Executive Council of The Carpentries.

Here’s a message from Kari:

Serving The Carpentries has been my honor for nearly four years. As Executive  Director, I will continue to work alongside our Core Team and community to advance our mission. I am committed to our core values, and will continue to put the interests of this incredible community above my own. My goal is to empower our Core Team and community members to reach their full potential, and further position The Carpentries as the leading inclusive community teaching computing and data skills. Thank you for trusting me in this capacity. We have work to do!

Read the full post introducing Kari here!

Organising Online Carpentries Workshops
As The Carpentries Core Team continues to transition to offering online workshops, the Workshop Administration Team would like to share additional information pertaining to Instructors to help you prepare for your workshops. Information shared in this blog post is a supplement to the Recommendations for Teaching Carpentries Workshops Online. Most importantly, we want to update Instructors on a few logistical workflows we have changed to support online workshops. Please read this blogpost for all of the updates. 

Apply to Be a Carpentries Maintainer!
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

Scaffolding Installation for Online Workshops
In an effort to support all learners and our community in adjusting to the unique challenges of online workshops, we now offer cloud instances to help with installation. 

Read our blog post highlighting the context behind this work and how we see it being implemented.

The Carpentries in Africa
The South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR), in conjunction with the North-West University (NWU), is offering a position for a computational linguist. For more information and to apply, visit the job posting on North-West University’s website or SADiLaR’s website.

Applications for the Future Leaders – African Independent Research Fellowships are now open.  #FLAIR fellowships provide African scientists with an opportunity to undertake cutting-edge research that addresses global challenges facing developing countries. Learn more about the fellowship here.

Committee and Task Force News    

CarpentryCon @ Home Update
The CarpentryCon University of Wisconsin-Madision Task Force is wrapping up its planning. The Carpentries Core Team is extremely proud of the work and effort put into planning the in-person event!

The CarpentryCon @ Home Planning Committee had their first meeting and started planning for the @ Home exciting event. The Committee is really excited and will be meeting weekly to develop a program to present to you. Stay tuned for more information and sign up for the CarpentryCon mailing list

If you have any questions, please email

What you may have missed on the blog and mailing lists

Wondering what lists to subscribe to in The Carpentries Topicbox? 
This helpful guide by Angelique van Rensburg gives a brief overview of the various channels in Topicbox and the information contained in each.

Below are several blogs highlighting community generated insights and tips about online workshops:
Having a Great Online Learning Experience: A Guide for Students

  • Originally published on the Sydney Informatics Hub and Darya Vanichkina’s blog, this blog post provides tips for students of online workshops on how to ensure they have the best learning experience possible.

Mapping & Planning a Live Coding Workshop for Digital Delivery

  • In this blog, originally published as two posts on the Sydney Informatics Hub blog here & here, and at Darya Vanichkina’s blog here & here, community member Darya Vanichkina writes out helpful tips and a plan for live coding workshops delivered online. 

Running University College London's First Online Git Workshop

Lessons Learned from Running Code Refinery's First Online Workshop

  • Originally posted on the CodeRefinery website, this post shares what worked well in CodeRefinery’s first online workshop.

Announcement: pip 20.1b1 beta release 
In the Carpentries discuss Topicbox, community member Sumana Harihareswara announced that a beta release of pip has been released. For more information, check out the full post at Topicbox here.

Tweet of the Week

Community Job Postings

There is an open research analyst position at the Center for Healthy Communities at Chico State

Use your stats and data science skills to help basic needs (food, housing) programs succeed! For more information, see the posting here.

The University of Florida, Health Science Center Library is hiring a Bioinformationist (Assistant or Associate University Librarian). Read the full posting and apply here.

The Association of European Research Libraries (LIBER) is hiring a Community Engagement & Communications Officer. To learn more about the position and apply, please see the posting here.

There is an open postdoc position - intersection of text mining and microbial genomics at ZB MED – Information Centre for Life Sciences in the research group of Prof. Dr. Konrad Förstner. For more information see the posting here.

The Graduate School, Imperial College London is hiring a Teaching Fellow for the Research Computing and Data Science Programme

This is a permanent post with special emphasis on teaching R to business students.  Read the full posting here

A permanent position is available as a Research Software Engineer/Sysadmin at the Norwegian Veterinary Institute. Read the full posting here.


SDSC's Annual High Performance Computing and Data Science Summer Institute is going Virtual!
This annual week-long workshop focuses on a broad spectrum of introductory-to-intermediate topics in High-Performance Computing (HPC) and Data Science. 

Application deadline: 3 May 2020.
Program details including application can be found at:

MetaDocencia, an educational community for teaching Spanish-speaking teachers to teach (online) has launched. 
Read about their first month in English here and in Spanish here.

Tips for Coping with Distraction
The University of Auckland published these tips for coping with distraction while studying and working from home. 

Free Workshop: Running Better Online Meetings
Community member Jonah Duckles is hosting an ongoing series of free workshops to teach some tips and tricks of running online workshops. Learn more here

Toolshed (Posts from our Past)
Two years ago, we launched our handbook with this blog post. A one-stop shop that consolidates all of The Carpentries information and resources, the handbook is a great tool to explore the work of The Carpentries.

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