Carpentry Clippings, 16 October, 2019

Highlights from The Carpentries Community Calendar

The next community call this month is scheduled for 17 October 2019 at 21:00 UTC (check your time). Find more community calls on the community calendar and sign-up on this Etherpad for the ones that fits your schedule and time zone.

Community News

The Carpentries Tagathon During Hacktoberfest
This October, you are invited to suggest relevant tags for posts published on The Data Carpentry, Library Carpentry and Software Carpentry blogs. Join our Tagathon from 28 October to 1 November 2019, read posts published on the blogs and suggest relevant tags to help make our blog posts findable. More details about The Carpentries Tagathon can be found on this blog post.

Committee and Task Force News

CarpentryCon Task Force 2020
The CarpentryCon Task Force is looking for more suggestions on keynote speakers. You are also invited to submit your session proposals for CarpentryCon 2020. A themed community call is scheduled to take place in early November. In it, the Task Force will share key updates and take time to listen to community suggestions and other feedback. You can follow conference updates on the #CarpentryCon slack channel, @CarpentryCon on Twitter or via the Facebook event page. Sign up on this Etherpad to share your ideas with the Task Force.

Code of Conduct Committee
The committee welcomed two new members, Benjamin Schwessinger and Ivo Arrey, who have recently completed their onboarding process. One of the committee’s current members, Simon Waldman, will be leaving the committee at the end of this year. Thank you Benjamin and Ivo for stepping up to do this work, and many thanks to Simon for your service. After finalising a committee membership agreement earlier this year, the committee has been working on formalising the internal governance structure. The CoC committee is currently discussing the term limits for the members of the committee and the voting/nomination structure. As part of the Code of Conduct process, the Executive Council recently published a quarterly transparency report with a summary of incidents and policy matters from July to October 2019.

Executive Council
The Carpentries Executive Council has spent a significant amount of time this year fleshing out, finalising, and approving several different governing documents and policies for The Carpentries. Their efforts will enable the organisation to proceed more efficiently in the future with the more exciting and engaging activities of “being” The Carpentries. In this blog post find more details on the Bylaws, Lesson Program Policy, and Operational transparency that have undergone substantial development. The council is currently preparing for the upcoming elections for new members and an in-person meeting in which committee members hope to tackle strategic planning for The Carpentries. General information related to the Executive Council can be found in The Carpentries Handbook. Minutes from their monthly meetings are available in this public GitHub repository.

Instructor Development Committee
The Instructor Development Committee is transitioning to a project-based workflow rather than regular meetings. The first project involved analysing the responses from the post-community discussion surveys for hosts and participants. This resulted in suggestions for improving these surveys to gather the information important for making the data easier to analyse. For the next quarter, the committee will improve the instructor notes for various Carpentries lessons.  The Instructor Development committee is also looking for more Community Discussion Hosts. This blog post by Martin Dreyer on how to host community discussions in The Carpentries sheds light in the role of a discussion host in The Carpentries community. Contact Arindam Basu ( or Sarah Stevens ( to express interest.

Instructor Training Team
At The Carpentries Trainers’ meeting this October, discussions covered how Instructor Training intersects and feeds into Curriculum Maintenance, and invited Maintainers to visit our meetings to participate. This resulted in many promising ideas, including the potential use of templates to identify contributions related to Instructor Checkout, appointing Instructor Trainer liaison(s) to support Maintainers, improvements to instructions to new Instructor trainees, and the potential for checkout-oriented mentoring. None of these changes will be implemented immediately, but this discussion served as a great start on brainstorming, and we hope to act on some things soon. Please contact Karen Word ( for any related communications.

What you may have missed on the blog and mailing lists

Among other blog posts that we already mentioned in this newsletter, check out Rstudio instructor training by Greg Wilson that gives a short account on how RStudio's instructor training builds on The Carpentries. In the post Botswana Software Carpentry, Raniere Silva shares his reflections from teaching a Software Carpentry workshop in Botswana last month. Angela Li and Jessica Trelogan share a few successful strategies for organising successful Carpentries workshops in this blog post on Organising Workshop.  Brian Ballsun-Stanton has built a tool ‘Export to Etherpad’ that uses Jekyll to combine all lesson pages into one page and restyle elements through dynamic jQuery calls to make a framework that will be useful for our new trainees to take notes within. This will be added as an extra in the Instructor Training repository; therefore Brian invites you to join the conversation on this GitHub issue. Read this post for more details.
In the TopicBox Discuss channel, join the conversations on Executive Council Policy Making, Lessons for Lesson Writer, CarpentryCon 2020 Program, Community Discussion Sessions in November and December, and Instructors for Bioinformatics Genomics Deep Learning Workshop.

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Community Job Postings

Project Services Manager, Code for Science & Society (CS&S), USA 
PostDoc in data intensive teaching and evaluation, Earth Lab - University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, USA

Toolshed (Posts from our Past)

During the Open Access week in October 2018, a few members set this Zotero group to access preprints from arXiv that mentions The Carpentries (Data, Library, and Software Carpentry). So far 49 papers are listed in their library. You can link your preprints and peer-reviewed publications mentioning The Carpentries resources to this channel to allow easy access to your work. A year ago, Library Carpentry announced a Global Sprint in a blog post to develop 10 FAIR things resources for data in different disciplines. After several months of intensive work by several community members from different organisations, these resources were published online recently: DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3409968.
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