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Carpentries Clippings, 25 November 2020

Tweet of The Week

Meredith Rawls @merrdiff
I have the distinct privilege of being a helper/fly-on-the-wall for a pilot
@thecarpentries Astro Data Carpentry course this week. We're barely 30 minutes in and it's already everything I've ever hoped for… the future of astro is big data, but ONLY IF WE TEACH OUR TOOLS WELL
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Community News & Updates from Our Committees / Task Forces

A Call to Action: Donate to The Carpentries

Read Executive Director, Dr. Kari L. Jordan’s letter to The Carpentries Community and consider supporting our $30,000 individual contribution goal for the year.

Donate to The Carpentries Campaign

As part of this fundraising campaign, By donating to The Carpentries at either the $60 or $100 levels, you will receive a gift card to select and purchase an item featuring designs crafted specifically for this campaign. 

We are so proud of our work with The Carpentries, and by supporting us at those levels, you will be able to show your pride too.

We hope you enjoy the designs!

Apply to Join The Carpentries 2021 Mentoring Program!
Do you have a Carpentries goal that you are not sure how to accomplish? Or do you want to help your fellow instructors gain the skills and confidence they need to achieve their goals? If so, we encourage you to join a Carpentries Mentoring group! Learn more about the program in our recently published blog post and apply by Sunday, December 13 (anywhere on Earth).

Host a Community Discussion in Q1 2021
Are you interested in hosting a Carpentries Community Discussion? Between now and 30 November, The Carpentries would like to invite you to sign-up to facilitate community discussions in Q1 2021. Sign up on The Carpentries

Announcing our new Maintainer Community Lead!
Join us in welcoming Daniel Chen (@chendaniely) as our new Maintainer Community Lead!

Read Daniel's greeting to the community.

Announcing The Carpentries newest Regional Coordinator for the DACH Region
Please join us in welcoming Rabea Müller (@MueRabea) as the new Regional Coordinator for the DACH Region. Read more about Carpentries Regional Coordinators and Rabea’s introduction to the community.


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.

  • 27 November, 8:00 UTC - The Carpentries Community Discussion with Serah Rono

  • 27 November, 11:00 UTC - The Carpentries Community Discussion with Aleksandra Nenadic

  • 1 December, 10:00 UTC - The Carpentries Community Discussion with Angelique van Rensburg

  • 1 December, 19:00 UTC - The Carpentries Community Discussion with Scott C Peterson

What you may have missed on the blog and mailing lists

Expanding The Carpentries Community in California
This post by Carpentries Community Member Ariel Deardorff recaps efforts to develop the Carpentries in academic libraries in California, USA

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Why Give to The Carpentries
In this post, Carpentries Executive Director, Dr. Kari L. Jordan provides insight on The Carpentries Fundraising Campaign

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Job Postings

Harvard University in Massachusetts, USA is hiring a Research Software Engineer
Through regular engagements with researchers, this Engineer will help with the refactoring of several R packages to improve the code design, unit testing, performance of statistical/numerical libraries, and cloud-readiness. Additionally, the Engineer will build containers (Docker, Singularity) and port the R packages to Python modules. 


The EcoHealth Alliance is hiring a Research Data Scientist in COVID-19 Response Analysis
The data scientist will work with EcoHealth Alliance team members and partner institutions to develop and maintain spatiotemporal models of COVID-19 spread and response, manage data pipelines integrating disparate large data sources, produce high-quality visualizations, reports, and dashboards and provide scientific interpretation for stakeholders.


Xero, an accounting software company, is hiring a Data & AI Ethics Lead
The Data & AI Ethics lead will drive the definition and implementation of the frameworks, habits and guardrails needed to embed responsibility and ethics as we scale our use of AI/ML and insight-driven decision-making. They will lead the creation of scalable and sustainable approaches to guide data use across both ML and BI applications.


The University of Kansas, USA is hiring a Research Project and Data Manager
The Research Project and Data Manager 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.



  • Read this profile of Kafayat Adeoye who is working to make technology skills training accessible to West Africa’s women and girls, written by Selorm Tamakloe, a Carpentries community member who recently published “Reflections on my First Data Carpentry Workshop.”
  • All are welcome to join rOpenSci's Community Call on The Wild World of Data Repositories. Wednesday, December 18th, 2020, 18:00 UTC / 10-11am Pacific. No RSVP needed. Call Details.
  • Registration is now open for the UK Software Sustainability Institute’s Collaborations Workshop 2021 (CW21), taking place online from Tuesday, 30 March to Thursday, 1 April 2021. Registration is now open!

Toolshed (Posts from Our Past)

Last year, The Carpentries introduced a new series of blog posts dedicated to showing gratitude to and for every facet of our community. As a community-led organisation, The Carpentries relies on our community to work diligently to equip each other with relevant skills and create welcoming spaces, both online and offline, for resource sharing, discussion and collaborative work, and as always we thank you all deeply for  the work you do, last year, this year and in the future.
The Carpentries is funded in part by grants and donations, and donating even a small amount can make a big difference - we value all contributions!
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