Carpentry Clippings, 1 October 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.

  • 2 October, 7:00 UTC - The Carpentries Community Discussion with Serah Rono

  • 2 October, 10:00 UTC - The Carpentries Community Discussion with Aleksandra Nenadic

  • 5 October, 20:00 UTC - The Carpentries Community Discussion with Neal Davis

  • 6 October, 10:00 UTC - The Carpentries Community Discussion with Angelique van Rensburg

  • 7 October, 15:00 UTC - The Carpentries Community Discussion with Karen Word

  • 9 October, 7:00 UTC - The Carpentries Community Discussion with Serah Rono

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

Zoom Passwords for Carpentries Community Events
Effective 2020-09-27, Zoom is requiring passwords on all meeting rooms.  If you formerly were using the link, where the X is 1, 2, or 3, you may see a link with an encrypted password in it. This will take you directly to the Zoom call. If you do not see this, you can enter the password 202020 when prompted - it is the same on all three rooms. Please contact if you have any trouble doing so.

Carpentries Philanthropy
We invite you to join the Carpentries Philanthropy mailing list, a newly launched list or members of our community who are interested in learning more about how they can help support our mission of building global capacity in essential data and computational skills, and broaden The Carpentries’ impact on the world around us. For more information and to sign up, please read this blog post.

Our Long-Term Survey is Open for Responses
We would like anyone who has taken a Data, Software, or Library Carpentry workshop between January 1, 2020 and September 1, 2020 to provide feedback by completing the survey. The survey link is located here. Please complete the survey by 31 October. For more information and context, please read this blog post.

HacktoberFest 2020: Glosario Drive
This month, as part of Hacktoberfest, we are encouraging all members of our community to contribute to the expansion and internationalisation of Glosario. More details and information about how to participate to come very soon!

Committee and Task Force News    

Update from the Executive Council
One of the tasks of the Executive Council is amending the bylaws every second year. The first bylaws were approved by the first Executive Council of the Carpentries in 2018. The current Executive Council was tasked with the first revision this year, and has resulted in a first set of amendments. A second set will come before the end of the current council's term.

A list of the amendments made is below:

        • The Carpentries vision statement was added

        • Language in several places was clarified

        • A link to the Lesson Program Policy was added

        • The roles, terms, operations of, and election timeline for the Executive Council were clarified

The most up-to-date version of the bylaws can be found at The Carpentries Handbook.

What you may have missed on the blog and mailing lists

Apply to Become a Carpentries Feedback Facilitator
The Carpentries recently introduced the new Carpentries Community Facilitation program. As part of that, we are putting forth a call for those interested in joining the first cohort of Feedback Facilitators. For more information and to apply, please read this blog post. Please apply by the end of day 5 October.

Announcing Library Carpentry Efforts with the Network of the National Library of Medicine
The Carpentries is pleased to announce our efforts to build the data skills of information professionals through our relationship with the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM). NNLM members will make use of the skills taught in Library Carpentry (LC) workshops to benefit health, health information, and biomedical research communities. For more information please read this blog post. 

Recent Publications Highlighting the Value of The Carpentries in Academic Libraries 
This post by Carpentries community members Ariel Deardorff, Phil Reed, and David Kane highlights three recent academic articles that showcase the value of The Carpentries in academic libraries. Read the post here.

Running Newcastle University's First Online Software Carpentries Workshop
This post covers the instructor's experiences teaching an online Software Carpentry workshop at Newcastle University. Read the full post here

CarpentryCon @ Home: Growing Carpentries through a Growing Community at Oklahoma State University
This blog post serves as a follow-up to the CarpentryCon @ Home session, Growing Carpentries through Growing Community. Read the 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.

The New Zealand eScience Infrastructure (NeSI) is seeking a Support Specialist
This position will work in High Performance Computing (HPC) to provide data analytics and consultancy to the New Zealand Research sector. For more information, and to apply, please visit here.


Training Opportunity: Digital Gender Ethiopia program
This program, funded by IFC and developed by Gebeya helps train women in Africa to develop software engineering skills and provides scholarship opportunities. Learn more and apply here

NIH is Running a Codeathon Nov 7-8
This codeathon will follow the CSHL Biological Data Science Conference. Learn more here.

Article: Migrating the DSSG Summer Program to a Remote Setting
This article, published on the eScience Institute at the University of Washington’s website talks through how they ran a Data Science for Social Good summer program entirely online. Read the article here.

DataKind is Looking for Volunteers
DataKind, an organisation that works to bring volunteers to projects at organisations is looking for volunteer machine learning enthusiasts, computer vision experts, data scientists, coders, developers and project managers to work with us on our newest DataCorps projects to launch. Learn more and apply here

Toolshed (Posts from our Past)

In December of 2019, we published a post thanking our community for supporting our outreach efforts. What we said then, holds true now, We appreciate the enthusiasm and creativity with which community members communicate in, about and in support of The Carpentries. Read the post here.

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