Carpentry Clippings, 29 October 2020

Community News

The Carpentries is Hiring for 3 Roles:
The Carpentries is searching for two new full-time team members, and one temporary employee or contractor to join our global, mission-driven organisation.

Updates to The Carpentries Platinum Membership Tier
The Platinum tier is our most customisable membership type. Organisations choosing a Platinum membership have many options, in terms of both membership benefits, and in discount options. With growing community interest in Platinum memberships, we have updated our pricing structure to increase the transparency and equity of our membership program. A breakdown of this updated pricing structure is available on our Membership page.

Reminder: The Nomination Period for the 2021 Carpentries Executive Council is Still Open
In the search for qualified candidates to serve on The Carpentries Executive Council, every member of The Carpentries community is encouraged to participate in the process, by nominating themselves or a qualified individual for one of the seats coming up for election. The nomination period closes on the 22 November. Please consult this blog post for more information.

Hacktoberfest Ends This Week
Hacktoberfest is a “month-long celebration of open source” run by DigitalOcean, during which participants can register their contributions to open source projects on GitHub and qualify to receive a free t-shirt or plant a tree. As part of Hacktoberfest, we are encouraging all members of our community to contribute to the expansion and internationalisation of Glosario. More details can be found in this blog post. Although HacktoberFest ends on 31 October, we welcome your contributions beyond this date.

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 October, 12:00 UTC - The Carpentries Community Discussion with Annika Rockenberger

  • 3 November, 9:00 UTC - The Carpentries Community Discussion with Toby Hodges

  • 3 November, 19:00 UTC - The Carpentries Community Discussion with Scott C Peterson

  • 10 November, 15:00 UTC - The Carpentries Community Discussion with Sarah Stevens

  • 10 November, 19:00 UTC - The Carpentries Community Discussion with Scott C Peterson

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

What you may have missed on the blog and mailing lists

Teaching a Library Carpentry Workshop in Southern California (and the Virtual Yonder)
This blog post covers instructors’ experiences teaching a virtual Library Carpentry workshop in August 2020.

Reflections on my First Data Carpentry Workshop
This blog post, written by community member Selorm Tamakloe, covers lessons learned during the author’s first attendance at a Data Carpentry workshop.

Tweet of the Week

Community Job Postings

The University of Kansas, United States is hiring a Research Project and Data Manager
This position will provide assistance, logistical support, and organization; facilitate project wide communication; collate and manage data collected by the project; work with the project’s investigators to design and deliver data products to long-term open access repositories. More information can be found at the University of Kansas Website.

The University of Massachusetts, Boston, United States is hiring a Assistant Professor of Data Science
The College of Science and Mathematics (CSM) at the University of Massachusetts Boston invites applications for a tenure-track position, and possibly two depending on financial resources, in the general area of Data Science. More information about the requirements and work of this position are available at the UMass Boston Website.

The King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia is hiring faculty positions in Machine Learning and AI Applications
These positions are part of a strategic expansion of KAUST in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence to complement existing strengths in Bioinformatics, Supercomputing, and Visual Computing. More information can be found in community member, David R. Pugh’s post on TopicBox.

The University of Illinois, United States is looking for a postdoc
This postdoc will lead the definition and implementation of findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable (FAIR) principles to artificial AI models and data in the context of high energy physics. More information can be found at the University of Illinois website.

The South African Centre for Digital Language Resources is looking for a Computational Linguist
This position will aid in the development of research and development in digital humanities and human language technologies at SADiLaR. Learn more about the position at the SADiLaR website.


Upcoming Ally Skills Workshop in December
Carpentries Community members Malvika Sharan and Yo Yehudi are hosting an Ally Skills workshop to increase workplace inclusivity. More details can be found at the Software Sustainability Institute’s Website.

The Research Software Alliance Steering Committee is Calling For Nominations
The Research Software Alliance (ReSA) is seeking nominees for 4 new members of their steering committee for 2021. If you are interested in nominating yourself or someone else to be a ReSA Steering Committee member, then please fill out this form by Fri 13 November 2020.


Instructors Needed - Upcoming Centrally Organised Workshops
On 14 October, Carpentries Core Team member SherAaron Hurt posted in Topicbox looking for instructors for upcoming Carpentries workshops this year.

If you have availability and would like to volunteer to teach one of the workshops, please sign up on this spreadsheet.

If you are an instructor and would like to get notifications about upcoming teaching opportunities, please sign up for the Instructor mailing list:

If you have questions or concerns please feel free to email

Toolshed (Posts from our Past)

Library Carpentry has been a Lesson Program for two years! On November 1, 2018, we published this blog post commemorating Library Carpentry as an official lesson program of The Carpentries.

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