Carpentry Clippings, 05 February 2020

Welcome to February 2020, everybody! As this edition goes out, we want to take time to appreciate Malvika Sharan and Maneesha Sane for their incredible work on the newsletter in the last year. Malvika Sharan has been Carpentry Clipping’s primary curator, and Maneesha Sane has supported her in that time by making sure all infrastructure-related bits of publishing this newsletter from one fortnight to the next were taken care of. As both move on to leading and supporting other initiatives in The Carpentries community from this month, join us in thanking them and congratulating them on this milestone. We appreciate you, Malvika and Maneesha!

Highlights from The Carpentries Community Calendar

If you recently completed instructor training and are looking to attend a community discussion as part of your checkout process, we have several open slots in the Community Discussions Etherpad that you can sign up to attend. These hour-long discussion sessions are also helpful for instructors and helpers to debrief about past Carpentries workshops and discuss any pertinent questions and ideas around resources and lessons in The Carpentries. Join a community discussion today!

Community News

The Carpentries Strategic Plan for 2020-2025
As its last major decision, the 2019 Carpentries Executive Council approved the first Strategic Plan for The Carpentries. By laying out six broad goals, each with its rationale and underlying objectives, that will serve as touchpoints to guide our future actions, The Strategic plan provides a general framework for the direction The Carpentries will take over the next three(3) to five(5) years. This blog post summarises the Strategic Plan.

Angela Li is Our New Maintainer Community Lead
Carpentries Maintainers work with the community to make sure that lessons stay up-to-date, accurate, functional and cohesive. We are excited to share that Angela Li is our new Maintainer Community Lead. Angela’s work in this role is supported by her home institution, the University of Chicago. She will be helping to reboot our Maintainer Onboarding program, recruit and onboard new Maintainers, and develop a sustainable way to support our Maintainer community. You can read more about Angela’s new role in this blog post. Welcome Angela!

Registration for CarpentryCon 2020 is Now Open
CarpentryCon 2020 is set to take place between June 29 and July 1, 2020 at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA under the theme “Growing Inclusive, Computational Communities and Leaders”. As a non-profit, community-run conference, CarpentryCon 2020 ticket sales will help offset costs for catering as well as venue costs and travel support for speakers/attendees that would otherwise not be able to attend the conference. Read this blog post for more details and get your conference ticket today.

Committee and Task Force News

Executive Council
The Executive Council is pleased to announce The Carpentries Strategic Plan for 2020-2025. We first drafted this plan at our in-person meeting in Germany in November 2019, and over the last few months are grateful for input from our Core Team in refining each goal with specific objectives. Read the overview here. Additionally, the 2019 Executive Council officially transferred governance responsibility to the 2020 Executive Council, and are eager to continue work on implementing the Strategic Plan as well as the search for the next Executive Director.

The Executive Council has elected officers for 2020 and appointed a liaison to the Code of Conduct Committee. The officer roles are: Elizabeth Wickes will serve as the Chair, Lex Nederbragt as Vice Chair, Joslynn Lee as Secretary, Juan Steyn as Treasurer and Konrad Förstner as the Executive Council liaison to the Code of Conduct Committee.

Africa Carpentries Community
A Genomics Data Carpentry Workshop was organised by and taught at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology ICIPE in Nairobi, Kenya. Daniel Ouso was the on-site instructor, while Bianca Peterson taught remotely from South Africa. Both instructors shared their experience and provided feedback on teaching a Genomics Workshop remotely in this blog post.

Library Carpentry
Ariel Deardorff, co-Chair of the Library Carpentry Advisory Council, recently started work on a new project to develop the Carpentries community in academic libraries across California. At the onset of her work, Ariel wrote a reflection post thanking the Library Carpentry Advisory Council and community members for their enthusiasm and collaborative work on curriculum and other initiatives.

What you may have missed on the blog and mailing lists

The Carpentries Acting Executive Director, Dr. Kari L. Jordan, scribed a New Year message for our community. Software Carpentry’s Python Inflammation lesson maintainers request your input for visual and graphical contributions that can help learners better understand and remember the material presented in the lesson.

Tweet of the Week


Registration and Call for Proposals are open for Collaborations Workshop 2020
The Software Sustainability Institute's Collaborations Workshop 2020 (CW20) will take place from 31 March - 2 April 2020 at Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland and registration is now open on Eventbrite! This workshop brings together researchers, developers, innovators, managers, funders, publishers, leaders, and educators to explore best practices and the future of research software. The themes of the keynote presentations, demos, discussion groups, panel sessions, Hack Day and more at CW20 are: Open Research, Data Privacy and Software Sustainability. The call for proposals for mini-workshop and demo sessions is open until 31 January 2020, and these sessions are unique opportunities for CW20 participants and sponsors to share a particular software product, approach, standard, or other ideas relating to the workshop themes, research software and pitches for the Hack Day.

Call for Session Proposals is open for csvconf,v5 is a community conference for data makers everywhere that features stories about data sharing and analysis from science, journalism, government, and open source. The fifth edition of csvconf will be held in Washington DC on May 13 and 14 2020. Interested in submitting a proposal for a 25 minute talk? Talk proposals will be accepted through to February 11, 2020 and a stipend to attend the conference is available for speakers that may need it. Submit your talk proposal today.

Call for Tutorial Proposals for SciPy 2020
SciPy 2020 will kick off with two days of tutorials (July 6-7) that take place before the general conference. SciPy 2020 organisers are looking for tutorial submissions that cover interesting techniques or packages, and that aim to help new or advanced Python programmers develop better or faster scientific applications. Tutorials should be focused on covering a well-defined topic in a hands-on manner. Deadline for the submission of tutorial proposals in February 11, 2020. Submit your proposals today.

Call for Papers for UseR!2020
useR!2020 invites researchers from around the world to submit abstracts for presentation at its July 8-10, 2020 meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Abstract submissions are due on February 10, 2020 and all abstracts will be peer reviewed. Submit your paper, or sign up to be a mentor for useR!2020 abstract submissions today!

Toolshed (Posts from our Past)
In 2016, our Associate Director Erin Becker wrote a post detailing the value of formative assessments and how we employ use of the humble sticky note as a low-cost and effective mechanism to actively listen to learners in Carpentries workshops around the world - a practice we have upheld to date. Have a read.

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