Carpentry Clippings, 13 March, 2018 

Highlights from the Software and Data Carpentry Community Calendar

New Instructors for Africa
The fourth Instructor training event in Africa took place from 21-23 February in Kleinmond in the Western Cape. Erin Becker led the workshop, assisted by local Trainers Martin Dreyer, Caroline Ajilogba, and Senzo Mpungose.

This three-day event included both the instructor discussions and the teaching demonstrations required for Instructors to complete their checkout. As a result, we now have twelve new Instructors badged. Read the full workshop report.

Date Claimer : Bug BBQ 12-13 April
The Carpentries are preparing to publish the Social Sciences and the Geospatial Data Carpentry curricula through Zenodo. Publishing gives contributors a verifiable product to cite on CVs and resumes. This will be the first publication of this material so we want to get it into great shape before we publish, so join a hacky-day to submit Issues and PRs to identify and fix problems. Other lessons can be included in this Bug BBQ. If you are a Maintainer for another lesson and want that lesson included, please let François Michonneau know. All the details on how, what and when for the event are provided here.

CarpentryCon Update
Only a few days to go till Early Bird registration ends for CarpentryCon 2018. Buy tickets here. Prices will go up $50 (around €40) after the Early Bird rate closes on 16 March. Abstracts for talks and posters are currently being reviewed (you can still submit yours), and we have published our conference hotel deals here. The website has all the conference details, and applications for travel support are still open. 

Apply to be a Curriculum Advisor
Creating teaching materials is one of the key skills employers in academia and industry want new hires to have. Build your skill set by applying to serve as a curriculum advisor for either the Data Carpentry Ecology lesson (apply here) or for the Software Carpentry lesson stack as a whole (apply here). Lesson Maintainers genuinely appreciate this guidance which helps build stronger lessons. We have already developed reusable text about skills developed when acting as Maintainers, Trainers and Instructors. We will add text for Curriculum Advisory Committee members shortly. Read more.

Community News

Download Katy
Katy Huff opens up about data science, nuclear engineering and open source in this recent DataFramed podcast with DataCamp’s Hugo Bowne-Anderson. See other episodes or sign up for the whole DataFramed series.

Save the Date for DIBSI
From 25 June to 14 July, a number of computational training events will run at the University of California, Davis, the main event being a two-week workshop for biologists on basic bioinformatics and cloud computing. This Data Intensive Biology Summer Institute (DIBSI) will also include Software Carpentry Instructor training, Software and Data Carpentry workshops, and a West Coast CarpentryCon for those unable to attend the main event in Dublin in May. See more about the Data Intensive Biology Summer Institute at UC Davis.

Subcommittee Activity

Call for Volunteers for Code of Conduct Committee
The Carpentries is committed to creating contribution pathways that are welcoming and inclusive, whether those be online or face to face. Volunteer for the Code of Conduct Committee and help ensure our community continues to thrive on diversity of thought and perspective. Complete this application to serve on the Committee by Monday, 19 March  at 11:00 UTC. Should you want clarification on the roles and responsibilities of the Code of Conduct Committee, please contact the committee. Given the sensitivity of issues this Committee handles, incident response training will be provided to new volunteers. Read more.

Join a Mentoring Group
Carpentries Mentoring Groups are back! This round will run from 9 April to 13 August. Get a head start by attending one of two upcoming information sessions (to suit different time zones) about Carpentries Mentoring. Sessions will be held on 15 March at 11:30 UTC and 20:30 UTC. Sign up to attend either session on this etherpad. Applications for both mentors and mentees are due by 23 March. If you’d like to serve as a mentor, please complete the mentor application. If you’d like to be a mentee, please complete the mentee application. Read more.

Maintainer News: Harmonization of GitHub Labels
We are piloting a new set of GitHub labels to be deployed across all Carpentries lesson repositories. This will make it easier for Maintainers to do their work, and will help contributors (especially those new to our community) to identify which issues to work on. We will test the labels on selected repositories during March, and plan to use them across all repositories by the time of the Bug BBQ in April. We welcome comments and feedback on the proposal.

New Maintainers Being Onboarded
The second round of Maintainer onboarding is now in session! Around 35 new Maintainers are working through this three-week training program. After they finish, they will join existing Maintainer teams for Software Carpentry lessons and for new curricula in Data Carpentry Geospatial and Social Sciences lessons.

Tweet of the Week

What you may have missed on the blog and mailing lists

Teaching and Learning
How we teach shell, git and programming at Software Carpentry workshops, and in what order, has had a good run on the Discuss list, starting here. Titus Brown posted about the Data Intensive Biology Summer Institute (DIBSI) being planned at UC Davis this June and July.

Papers & manuscripts from the community

Community job postings

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