Carpentry Clippings, 5 August 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

  • 25 August at 6:00 pm UTC: Community Discussion with Scott C Peterson
  • 1 September at 6:00 pm UTC: Community Discussion with Scott C Peterson

Have you taught an online workshop? Please consider attending one of the above community discussions to share your experience and help prepare future Carpentries instructors.

Community News

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.

We hope to gather input over the next few weeks, as we work to organise for community discussions to deliberate, and determine a way forward.

CarpentryCon @ Home

Our Conference So Far
We are in week 6 of CarpentryCon @ Home and have had over 200 community members participate so far! Join the conversations on our slack channel #carpentrycon. We look forward to seeing you!

CarpentryCon @ Home runs from 14 July - 31 August. 

For the full schedule please visit the CarpentryCon Website. Other places to keep up to date with conference ongoings:

CarpentryCon @ Home Fireside Chats: What Would You Like Discussed?
On 26 August 2020 at 21h00 UTC and 27 August 2020 at 15h00 UTC, a few community builders and wranglers will come together in two fireside chats to discuss different challenges, ideas and approaches around Growing Inclusive, Computational Communities and Leaders. Please fill this form with any questions or topics you would like to be part of the agenda for the fireside chats and we will make sure to include them in the sessions.

Committee and Task Force News    

New Instructor Trainer Agreement
In July 2020, the Instructor Trainer community ratified a new Trainer Agreement. Updates to the agreement include more flexibility for Trainers in how they maintain active status. To read the full agreement, please visit the corresponding page in The Carpentries Handbook.

Note: This Agreement applies only to Instructor Trainers and does not affect Instructors who teach Carpentries technical workshops.

Seeking a New Maintainer Community Lead
Our current Maintainer Community Lead, Angela Li, will be stepping down from the role this August and The Carpentries is looking for someone to take over the role. 

To learn more about the role, please read Angela Li’s blog post about her experiences as the Maintainer Community Lead, and if you are interested please contact Erin Becker at by August 30 2020 to apply, and thank you to Angela for all of her work in defining the position!

2020-2021 IDC Leadership Call for Applications
Applications are now open to join the 2020-2021 cohort of leadership for the Instructor Development Committee. To learn more about the expectations and benefits of serving on the IDC and to apply, please read this blog post

What you may have missed on the blog and mailing lists

Primera Experiencia Traduciendo Lecciones Online Dentro De La CarpentryCon@HOME
Written by community members Florencia D'Andrea, Paula Andrea Martinez, and David Pérez-Suárez, this blog post chronicles their experiences translating online lessons within CarpentryCon @ Home. Read the full blog in Spanish and English here

How to Recruit Instructors for Self-Organised Workshops
In this blog post, Carpentries Core Team member Sher! Hurt outlines a set of resources to help you recruit instructors for self-organised workshops. Read the full post here

Design Principles for the Next Iteration of The Carpentries Lesson Template
In this blog post, Carpentries Core Team Members François Michonneau, Zhian N. Kamvar, and Erin Becker introduce 12 design principles that will guide the development of the next version of The Carpentries lesson template. Read the design principles and other information here.

Tweet of the Week

Community Job Postings

Data Curators at Dryad
Dryad, a digital repository dedicated to making research data discoverable, freely reusable and citable is looking for a Data Curator. Read the full posting and apply here.

Data Analyst Intern at TFE Energy - Based in Munich, Germany or Capetown, South Africa
TFE Energy, a company working to bring electricity to those without it globally is searching for a Data Analyst intern to Support the VIDA Team in analysing data from our customers and partner companies for the development of VIDA. For more information and to apply, please visit the full posting here.

The African Open Science Platform is seeking a Director
The African Open Science Platform, a pan-African initiative that aims to position African scientists at the cutting edge of data intensive science is seeking a director. To learn more about the position’s requirements and to apply please visit the posting here.

The University of British Columbia, Vancouver is seeking a Assistant Professor of Computational Linguistics
The Department of Linguistics at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, invites applications for a tenure-track position in Computational Linguistics to begin January 1, 2021, with appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor of Teaching. For more information and to apply, please visit here.

NumFOCUS is searching for a Open Source Developer Advocate
NumFOCUS, an organisation that promotes open practices in research, data, and scientific computing by serving as a fiscal sponsor for open source projects and organising community-driven educational programs is searching for an Open Source Developer Associate to assist projects by serving as a link between internal and external stakeholders. For more information and to apply, please visit here

The University of Cambridge is seeking a Cambridge-Africa Programme Manager
This fixed term position will provide managerial and organisational support to Cambridge-Africa, a University-wide programme that supports African researchers and promotes mutually beneficial collaborations and equitable partnerships between Africa and Cambridge. For the full posting and to apply, please visit here

DataKind is seeking a Technical Lead
DataKind, a global nonprofit dedicated to harnessing the power of data science and artificial intelligence (AI) in the service of humanity is looking for a Technical Lead to help manage projects in DaraKind’s program, DataCorps. To learn more about this opportunity and to apply, please visit here.


Carpentries Community Discussion Host Onboarding is Now Open!
Interested in hosting a Carpentries Community Discussion? Learn more about the role and how to get involved by reading this post on The Carpentries’ Topicbox.

Toolshed (Posts from our Past)

In December of 2019, Current Carpentries Executive Director Dr. Kari L. Jordan wrote a post Expressing Gratitude to Our Instructor Development Committee for all the work the IDC had accomplished. If you are interested in getting involved with the IDC, the 2020-2021 call for leadership is open now till 24 August. Learn more here

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