Carpentry Clippings, 27 November 2019

Highlights from The Carpentries Community Calendar

Themed Discussion Session
Eric Van Dusen ( is hosting a themed discussion session on 4 December 2019 at 18:00 UTC (check your time). UC Berkeley is teaching thousands of students in a variety of classes each semester using Jupyter Notebooks hosted on a campus Jupyterhub. This discussion is an overview of the Undergraduate Data Science Curriculum at UC Berkeley and its Institutional Transformation.
You can find more available slots for the community calls in our community calendar and sign up on this Etherpad.

Community News

Introducing The Carpentries Core Values
We thank the community members who provided their input in drafting the nine core values of The Carpentries. These values are written in three parts: 1) At The Carpentries we - Act Openly, Empower One Another, Value All Contributions, 2) We are - Always Learning, Inclusive of All, and 3) We champion - People First, Access for All, Community Collaboration, Strength through Diversity. A detailed announcement can be read on our blog.

Introducing our Regional Consultant for Southern Africa
We are delighted to introduce Dr. Angelique van Rensburg as the Regional Consultant for Southern Africa. Angelique joins The Carpentries team through support from the South African Center for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR). Her work will advance SADiLaR’s community and workshop efforts in Southern Africa with a particular focus on advancing the development and deployment of Digital Humanities workshop materials. More broadly, Angelique will be developing strategies and workflows to adapt The Carpentries’ membership and workshop programs to function optimally in Southern Africa. She brings her experience and passion in data and software skills training to this role and will advise The Carpentries on how to best adapt our programs to thrive in Southern Africa. Angelique will also assist and advise in developing a plan to create and support a strong team of volunteer instructors across the region. Please read her personal remarks on our blog.

Committee and Task Force News

Executive Council 
Nominations for the 2020 Executive Council are now closed. For a general overview of the election, please see this blog post. Voting Members were sent an email confirming their status on 25 November. If you did not receive a confirmation email and believe you are a Voting Member, please complete this form. Voting Members should expect to receive their ballots for the Community-Elected Executive Council positions by 2 December 2019.

Instructor Training Team
Applications for the Instructor Trainer Training Program are open! This training allows new Trainers to teach the next generation of Carpentries Instructors who will continue teaching Data, Library, and Software Carpentry workshops in increased capacity to enhance computing skills of new learners worldwide. The Instructor Training team invites you to apply via this form until 10 December 2019 (see the deadline in your timezone).

What you may have missed on the blog and mailing lists

In this blog post, read how a team of volunteers in Japan are promoting Internationalisation of Software Carpentry by setting up a system for the translation of The Carpentries resources into Japanese.  In the TopicBox Discuss channel, join the following conversation started by different community members: Introducing the carpentries to colleagues at work industry, Carpentries in Uganda/East Africa, Software Carpentry 19 meetup, and Anaconda Linux base environment.

Tweet of the Week

Community Job Postings

Data Scientist and Data Science Facilitator, University of Wisconsin - Madison, USA


rOpenSci's Community Call on testing in R package development
On 5 December 2019, join the next rOpenSci community call on “testing”. Steffi LaZerte will share her experiences using automated testing in R to ensure that packages do what they’re supposed to do, on all the operating systems they’re supposed to do it on, and how they handle weird stuff gracefully. Rich FitzJohn will talk about how to make testing much more useful than a chore that one does just because it is “best practice”. He will discuss how testing can help at the heart of processes, particularly in collaborative work, and how automating your testing leaves you with more time and energy to focus on your software, and what strategies to use as systems grow more complex.  Please find the event details and use this Tweet to share this event with others.

Supercharge your open project with leadership training
Two mentorship programs, Open Life Science and eLife Innovation Leaders, were launched on 26 October at Mozilla Festival among the 10 programs developed in Mozilla Open Leaders X. Their first cohort will run separately from January to May 2020, and applications are being accepted until 8 December 2019. You can find more details on joining these programs with your Open Science project in this blog postHave more questions? Sign up here to attend their upcoming online information session (webinar) that will be held on 27 November 2019 at 16:00 pm GMT (see your local time).

Call for Proposals for Jupyter Community Workshops in 2020
A call for proposals is open to access a Jupyter-funded budget of up to $20,000 to organise Jupyter workshop events. Proposals for such workshops must be designed for about 24 participants who are trained over 2-4 days. The budget can be used for reimbursing direct expenses such as travel, lodging, meals, or event space. They recommend inviting participants who are core Jupyter contributors as well as stakeholders and potential contributors within the larger Jupyter ecosystem. While not the primary focus of the workshops, it would be highly beneficial to couple the workshop with broader community outreach events, such as sprints, talks, or tutorials at local meetings or conferences. Find more information in this blog post and apply via this online form.

OBF Travel fellowship: Applications Open until 1 December 2019
The last round of Open Bioinformatics Foundation (OBF) travel fellowship 2019 applications are open until 1 December 2019. Applications can be submitted by filling out this form. This fellowship aims to support our community members in attending events that promote open source software development and/or open science in biological research fields. OBF has been offering this fellowship since 2012 to support people who can benefit from showcasing their work, learn from each other and promote open science at such conferences.  More details can be read on this blog post.

Toolshed (Posts from our Past)

The Carpentries Achievements in 2018
The Annual Report of 2018 was published last year that highlighted the following accomplishments of The Carpentries: 1) the newly merged Carpentries became a fiscally sponsored project of the non-profit Community Initiatives in February 2018, 2) the first Executive Council of The Carpentries was elected; they developed our community's by-laws and mission, and drafted our vision statement, 3) we held our first bi-annual conference, CarpentryCon in Ireland, 4) we released The Carpentries Handbook, and 5) The Carpentries Executive Council voted to incubate Library Carpentry as a Lesson Program. Read the complete report for details.
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