Carpentry Clippings, 19 December 2018

This is our last newsletter of 2018.  We’ve truly enjoyed a wonderful year with all of you! Memorable milestones included the incorporation of Software Carpentry, Data Carpentry, and most recently Library Carpentry as lesson programs of a unified The Carpentries; hosting CarpentryCon, our first ever in person global gathering; reshaping our instructor training program and certification process; introducing new Data Carpentry domain specific curricula, and more.

Thank you for all you do for the Carpentries as instructors, trainers, mentors, lesson maintainers, learners, workshop hosts, and so many other roles. Our community is what makes this work possible. We wish you all the best in the new year and look forward to all the new possibilities and opportunities 2019 holds for us. The newsletter will be taking a week off for the holidays, so look for our next newsletter on 9 January 2019.

Community News

Executive Council Announcements
The Executive Council elections have concluded! Thanks to everyone who participated in the election as a candidate or voter. The two community-elected members (Amy Hodge, Elizabeth Wickes) and three council-elected members (Mesfin Diro, Joslynn Lee, Juan Steyn) join Karen Cranston, Kate Hertweck, Lex Nederbragt, and Raniere Silva on the 2019 Executive Council of The Carpentries.  Read more here.

Community awards announcement
The Community Service Award was created to recognise some of the exceptional work by volunteers in our community. These awards are nominated by the community and selected by the Executive Council. The Carpentries Executive Council is happy to announce that Tim Dennis, Margareth Gfrerer and Toby Hodges received the 2018 Community Service Award and Fotis Psomopoulos and Malvika Sharan the special CarpentryCon Community Award. Thank you for contributions to The Carpentries community.  Read more about the impressive work of each awardee here.

CarpentryConnect Manchester
Following the success of the first CarpentryCon in Dublin, the Software Sustainability Institute will be organising a CarpentryConnect event on 25-27 June 2019 in Manchester, UK.  This event will have a programme aimed at community building in training and be full of interesting talks, break-out sessions and practical workshops. Read more here.

Committee and Task Force News

Code of Conduct Committee 
The Executive Council has authorized a small committee to make updates to the Code of Conduct Enforcement Manual and Reporting Guidelines. These individuals will develop a draft by 10 January. The draft will be open for comments until 25 January, and the final documents will be released 7 February. For more information on this project, see the Code of Conduct Guidelines Taskforce Repository. See this blog post to learn more about recent updates to the Code of Conduct. We welcome your questions and comments as we endeavor to improve our documentation and reporting processes. Feel free to file an issue on the repository, or contact

Revisions to Discussion Sessions and Checkout Requirement and Call for Community Discussion Facilitators
We are restructuring how we schedule discussion sessions starting in January 2019, to be more mindful of hosts’ schedules and to allow more community members to participate.  We’re creating a set of Community Discussions - pre/post workshop discussions, themed discussions, and Carpentries Conversations - that will provide opportunities to explore more topics and for more people to participate in large and small group discussions. If you’ve recently participated in an instructor training event, you can follow the revised checkout requirement of attending a Community Discussion. Sign up on the community-discussions Etherpad now. See the full announcement via this blog post.

If you would like to schedule and facilitate a Themed Discussion or Carpentries Conversation, please complete this form.  If you’re interested in facilitating a Community Discussion, but not sure how it’s done, we invite you to attend the Discussion Host Onboarding.  This onboarding will prepare people to host these events, including how to use Zoom rooms for small group discussions.  We are hosting two Discussion Host Onboardings on 7 January 2019 at 0200 UTC and 1900 UTC. Sign up to attend by adding your name to the community-discussions Etherpad under the time slot that fits your schedule.

CarpentryCon Task Force
The CarpentryCon task force, including 10 new members, met on 18 December 2018 to begin planning CarpentryCon 2020! Read more about what they learned from planning CarpentryCon 2018, what they are are planning next, and how to get involved here.

Instructor Onboarding for Library Carpentry
On 6 December 2018, Chris Erdmann, the Library Carpentry Community and Development Director, presented for the first time to the Trainers an overview of Library Carpentry and information that will be helpful as The Carpentries community welcomes the official Lesson Program. The draft onboarding slides are available on the Library Carpentry website (under "About) and comments are welcome.

Library Carpentry Governance Group Meeting
Library Carpentry Governance Group members met on 10 December 2018 and discussed the Library Carpentry onboarding material  for Carpentries Instructors, the draft Library Carpentry logo sticker designs by Drew Heles, and the upcoming Library Carpentry Maintainers calls. Governance Group members started drawing their top 3 goals for the new year which they will finalize by their next meeting on 14 January 2019.

What you may have missed on the blog and mailing lists

We blogged about all the different ways there are to participate in The Carpentries beyond teaching workshops.  On the discuss mailing list, community members shared perspectives on teaching Library Carpentry’s jargon busting lessons.  

Tweet of the Week

Community Job postings

  • Product UX/UI designer and Software Engineer, Stencila, Remote


Applications to the Software Sustainability Institute Fellowship Programme 2019 are now open
This Programme funds researchers and individuals passionate about research software use and/or development, supporting them to better understand the challenges faced by their domains and to become ambassadors for better software practices in their areas of working and institutions. The Fellows also develop skills and knowledge around software sustainability network with like-minded individuals from a wide variety of research areas.

Library HackyHour at Curtin University Library
Janice Chan shared her and her colleagues experience so far running Library HackyHours at Curtin University Library. Library Carpentry is about hands-on learning, and Library HackyHour is when people come together to ask questions, discuss a project/data problem, get help, or learn something together. The aim is to foster a peer support network and encourage staff to try something new for themselves in a supportive and safe environment. If you are running a similar program at your organisation, Janice would like to hear from you.

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