Carpentry Clippings, 30 October 2019

Highlights from The Carpentries Community Calendar

The Carpentries Tagathon is taking place between 28 October and 1 November 2019. Contribute to organising 2,012 posts in the Software Carpentry blog, 44 posts in the Library Carpentry blog and 171 posts in the Data Carpentry blog with the help of useful tags. Join this effort by suggesting tags for different posts. All the pull requests made through this project will be counted towards the checkout process for new instructors. Of course, you don't need to wait for the official Tagathon week to kick off if you prefer contributing now! Read more information on our blog and join the conversation.

Check out the community calendar to join community calls and other meetings.

Community News

Updates in Pre- and Post-workshop Surveys
We've transitioned our workshop surveys from SurveyMonkey to Typeform! On 21 October 2019, we announced this improved experience for instructors and learners. The tools behind our pre- and post-workshop surveys now provide ease of use and accessibility for desktop, laptop, and mobile devices.  You can read the blog post for more details, see screenshots of the new look, and see what’s next and how you can get involved. For any other questions about this new system, please reach out to

Committee and Task Force News

Executive Council
The call for the 2019 Carpentries Executive Council Nominations are open now for the council-elected and community-elected positions. Council-elected positions are elected by the Executive Council; two to three members are elected each year from community nominations. The Carpentries community elects two members to the Executive Council each year. These candidates must self-nominate, and must already be voting members in The Carpentries. Any individuals who are not successful in the community election may be automatically considered for Council-elected positions. If you want to join The Carpentries leaders from around the world in shaping the future of The Carpentries, assuring our continued success and representing the entire organisation - this is a chance for you. Find more information and nomination forms in this blog post.

Member Organisation Council
The Member Organisation Council Meetings held in June 2019 were full of great conversation, questions and tips related to building local community around computational training using The Carpentries Membership. 34 representatives from 29 different Member Organisations worldwide joined four calls across three days and times to discuss all things Carpentries. We discussed: the best format for regular instructor meetups; identifying local instructors; connecting to geographically local communities; the optimal number of instructors to meet training demand; and roles (beyond that of instructor) that facilitate workshop organisation, just to mention a few. Check out the survey report and a complete account of this discussion.

Maintainers Team
We have been exploring the idea of formally recognizing and further encouraging contributions to unofficial lessons as part of Instructor Training checkout. We would like to gather feedback on this from the community. If this intrigues, excites, or concerns you, please leave comments on this issue by 20 November 2019.

What you may have missed on the blog and mailing lists

Last month a themed community discussion was led by Erin Beker on collaborative lesson development in The Carpentries. The recording of this meeting is now available on The Carpentries YouTube Channel. In the TopicBox Discuss channel, among others, join the latest discussion on Data Carpentry and Git lessons.  Thanks to our lively community for sharing reports from their committee meetings, workshops and useful content through The Carpentries blog. If you want to share your content with the community and don't know how, read about collaborative blog posting in our Handbook.

Tweet of the Week

Community Job postings

Program Manager: Data Science Community Conference and fund, US-based remote position, Code for Science & Society

Papers and articles for and from the community

Teaching Tech Together, Greg Wilson, Taylor & Francis, 2019, 978-0-367-35328-5. Available online under cc-by-nc license (short overview on The Carpentries blog).


Importance of data literacy and how The Carpentries meets this challenge
ZB MED - Information Centre for Life Sciences in Cologne, Germany is hosting a seminar by Tracy Teal, Executive Director of The Carpentries on 31 October 2019. Tracy will present the work of The Carpentries and report on current developments during her visit to the Cologne site of ZB MED. Check out this announcement for further information.

LIR Annual Seminar 2019 invites the Library Communities in Ireland
This year’s LIR Annual Seminar for libraries in Ireland will take place in Cork City under the theme: “Artificial Intelligence/Automation: Short and Long term thinking in libraries." Automation, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are trends that are making a profound impact on our society. This seminar aims to explore how librarianship might be affected now and where things might go in the future. The seminar is free for LIR members and is open for other members for a small registration fee. More details can be found here. Please note that this is not a Carpentries event, but can be relevant for Library Carpentry community members.

Toolshed (Posts from our Past)

Library Carpentry as an Official Lesson Program
On 1 November 2018, The Carpentries Executive Council voted to officially approve Library Carpentry as an official Lesson Program alongside Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry. After many years of work by over two hundred instructors and helpers, nearly three hundred events had been hosted by libraries between 2015 and 2018. Read this wonderful blog post from a year ago on Welcoming Library Carpentry.
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