Carpentry Clippings, 24 July 2019

Highlights from The Carpentries Community Calendar

Check out the community calendar for the monthly events. In the coming weeks, multiple community calls will be taking place. You are welcome to join one or several of them to get to know other members, learn about their work, share your tips and experiences from your last workshops, or invite support for a project that might be useful for other community members. 

Community News

The Carpentries Communication Plan
The Carpentries team have released their plan and how-to guides for community-led communications. Community members are welcome to read and comment on our community communications strategy and implementation plan. Serah Njambi Rono, the Community Lead has shared more information in this blog post. She invites more ideas to extend the How-To Guides in the Communications section of our Handbook by creating a GitHub issue in the Handbook repository or leaving a message in the #communications channel on The Carpentries Slack.

The Carpentries at ARDC Skilled Summit in July
The Australian Research Data Commons ‏Skilled Summit will be held on  29 - 30 July 2019 in Sydney, Australia. Anyone interested in attending can register and participate in sessions remotely, including a Carpentries community session on Tuesday, July 30 from 11am AEST. See your time.

The Carpentries Themed Discussion on Community Care and Burnout
On 12 August 2019 at 1600 UTC (see your time), Stuart Geiger and Dorothy Howard will facilitate a themed community discussion on community care and burnout. We invite you to sign up to attend this discussion on our community discussions Etherpad here

Committee and Task Force News

Code of Conduct Committee
We recently released the Code of Conduct (CoC) Committee Membership Agreement and added it to our Handbook where you can also learn about the committee and their responsibilities. The CoC Committee and The Carpentries Team have been discussing the issues related to addressing incidents taking place outside the mandate of the CoC Committee (incidents occurring outside The Carpentries space). To address this, the Executive Council is convening a Task Force and invites interested members from the community to work together to provide recommendations on this matter. Learn more on this blog, and complete the application form to get involved.

Executive Council
The Executive Council has approved the creation of a task force to develop a sponsorship programme. You are invited to join a designated Task Force to assist The Carpentries in continuing to develop revenue from organizational sponsors. The Code of Conduct Committee and Executive Council have published the most recent Transparency Report, which includes references to the revision of the Code of Conduct in early 2019. Finally, the Council has applied for support from the Alumni Consulting Team at Stanford to assist in strategic growth, organizational growth, and sustainability.

Instructor Development Committee
The Instructor Development Committee discussed their upcoming projects in their last meeting on 15 July 2019. They plan to analyze questionnaire data from community discussion calls, insights from which will be shared and used for improving these calls in the future. The committee invites you to join them and provide your input at their Committee Meetings held on the third Monday of the month. Check the community calendar for upcoming meeting dates, and get involved.

Library Carpentry
The main role of the Library Carpentry Advisory Group is to advise on ways to foster participation in the Library Carpentry community. The Group has released their 2019-2020 Goals, which were voted on by all members and further refined into actionable goals. A few of these aims include: surveying their workshop attendees to assess the impact and gather stories; mapping lesson material to library skills and competencies;  reaching out to more library networks; creating its place in information science programs and drafting a roadmap; and attracting funder support in developing greater involvement and inclusion in Library Carpentry.

What you may have missed on the blog and mailing lists

In The Carpentries blog,  among others, check out the post - 22 Months in the Making: New Genomics Curriculum Release, by Erin Becker and François Michonneau. On the Topicbox discuss channel, participate in informal discussions. This week’s posts include - Looking for materials for a fun and engaging intro to programming workshop by Iva Momcheva, and Machine Learning Carpentry by Colin Sauze.

The Carpentries Director of Membership, Elizabeth Williams, gave a great talk at SciPy 2019 last month on The Carpentries' Experience in Building Local Communities of Open Source Practice Users. You can watch her talk on YouTube. At UseR conference, François Michonneau‏ showcased some examples of how The Carpentries uses rstats. His presentation is available here.

Tweet of the Week


Community Job postings

Instructional Designer, Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences, NIH, Bethesda, USA


rOpenSci Community Call on Reproducible Research with R

This 1-hour community call on 30 July 2019 (check your local time) will include three speakers and 20 minutes of Q & A. Ben Marwick will introduce you to a research compendium, which accompanies, enhances, or is a scientific publication providing data, code, and documentation for reproducing a scientific workflow. From Karthik Ram, you will learn about holepunch, an R package that will take any GitHub repo with R scripts and R markdown files and quickly turn it in into a free, live RStudio server where anyone can run your code! Anna Krystalli will talk about the ReproHack series of one-day reproducibility hackathons where participants try to reproduce papers from published code and data. Find out more about what goes on during the events, some early findings, future directions and how you can get involved. No RSVP needed!

Institute of Museum and Library Services grant for Library Carpentry Community
Using this grant, the Institution for Social and Policy Studies at Yale University, along with the Odum Institute at the University of North Carolina, and the Institute for Social and Economic Research at Cornell University, will administer the evidence-based Data Curation for Reproducibility (Data CuRe) training program. The program will help the library and archives practitioners learn the skills they need to support members of the research community meet growing expectations for reproducible research practices. The project will expand the community of practice around curating for reproducibility.

Toolshed (Posts from our Past)

In July 2018, the Executive Council passed a motion to eliminate the fee charged for self-organized Data Carpentry workshops. A new instructor page was created to provide a common location for all the Instructors - a valuable part of The Carpentries community. 

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