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Here you can find out about previous and upcoming Carpentry events in the UK.

 
 

The Carpentries have announced that the first CarpentryCon will take place from 30 May-1 June 2018 at the University College Dublin, Ireland.

CarpentryCon aspires to become a major learning, skill-building and networking event for the global Carpentries community. CarpentryCon 2018 will focus on three main themes:

  • community building,
  • sharing knowledge and
  • networking.

More details about CarpentryCon 2018 can be found from the official Carpentries announcement.

GRADnetBy Mike Jackson, Software Architect

On 18th October I attended GRADnet's "Moving Forward for 2nd Year PGRs" day in London for physics post-graduates, and ran two sessions on "Writing better software to research".

SEPnet, the South East Physics Network, is a consortium of universities in the south east of England, promoting excellence in physics in both academia and industry, via research, collaboration, training, and outreach. GRADnet is SEPnet's collaborative graduate school which provides professional skills training to PhD students.

GRADnet's "Moving Forward for 2nd Year PGRs" day offered attendees a choice of 5 sessions both morning and afternoon, on Creating impact, How to write a successful Fellowship Application, Research data management, Unconscious Bias and Writing better software for research. 66 students attended the event, held at the Park Crescent Conference Centre, London.

My 2.5 hour session on Writing better software for research provided students with a hands-on code review to get them thinking about the qualities of good, and bad, code. I gave an introduction to a selection of best practices from Wilson et al.'s highly recommended 2014 paper Best Practices for…

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digital humanititesBy Giacomo Peru

On 26th and 27th September, Oxford held one of the first Data Carpentry workshops for Humanities*. The workshop is fruit of a collaboration between Reproducible Research Oxford and the Software Sustainability Institute. Iain Emsley has undertaken the endeavour of porting the Ecology lessons to a Humanities version, using Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership texts as the dataset. The choice has been to port Python but R will come next. The team of instructors was Iain (Python), Pip Willcox, from the Bodleian Libraries’ Centre for Digital Scholarship (Spreadsheets) and Lucia Michielin, from the University of Edinburgh (Open Refine and SQL).

According to the instructors, the dataset needs more cleaning (for example, multiple authors come in the same column!). The lessons need further revision but there is hope to submit them to Data Carpentry for consideration by the end of the year.

Contributions are therefore welcome!

Dataset

Spreadsheets

Open Refine

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***This is now sorted as a couple of assistant instructors have been found***

The Software Sustainability Institute, on behalf of Reproducible Research Oxford, is looking for a second instructor for a Software Carpentry workshop in Oxford on 12th & 13th October 2017.

Please get in touch with training@software.ac.uk if you'd like to help.

About the workshop

Software Carpentry's mission is to help scientists and engineers get more research done in less time and with less pain by teaching them basic lab skills for scientific computing. This workshop is run by the Department of Biochemistry (Michal Gdula) and the Reproducible Research Oxford project. It will cover introduction to the UNIX shell, GitHub as well as programming and data visualization in R. 

 

Instructor trainingBy Amy Beeston, University of Sheffield.

I attended the instructor training course in Manchester last week. During one of the coffee breaks, we were sharing stories of how we first met these teachings, and how as new learners we first tried to put our freshly-acquired Software Carpentry skills to use. Following that conversation, our instructor Aleksandra Nenadic invited me to write this blogpost to share my experiences.

I was introduced to the concept of Software Carpentry by Greg Wilson during the week-long Sound Software Autumn School in late 2010. Heavily pregnant, I sat on the back row during most of Greg’s classes — the row with the extra leg/body room — and listened to the very best of my ability to every single word he said.

As a group of learners, we came from varied disciplines but all shared the need to focus our programming skills on developing tools that accessed data in the audio domain. Many of us were self-taught programmers, and some of us had relatively little text-based coding experience as we were used to thinking and working in real-time signal processing…

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The Software Sustainability Institute is organising Carpentry Instructor Training workshop at the University of Manchester from 4th to 5th September 2017, just before WSSSPE5.1 and RSE 2017—making it a nice week in Manchester.

The Instructor Training is an intensive two-day workshop for trainers who wish to become Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry instructors. It is strongly recommended that attendees have some previous exposure to Data and/or Software Carpentry workshops, either as students, helpers, observers or co-instructors.

The event is sold out at the moment, but you can still join the waiting list.

 

The Institute is helping organise and run a Software Carpentry taster on 18 May 2017 at Digital Humanities @ Manchester Digital Texts workshops.

Together with our colleagues from Research IT, University of Manchester, and University of Sheffield Library, we are running a half-day introduction to the command line and automating tasks for the digital humanities based on the Software and Library Carpentry's shell lesson.

The Carpentry session will take place on the morning of day one of a two-day event comprising of three mini workshops on 18th & 19th May at the School of Digital Humanities in Manchester.

Registration is free and there are still places available.

For other workshops at the same event—run by Pip Willcox, Head of the Centre for Digital Scholarship at the Bodleian Libraries in Oxford—, see:

CDT mapThe Software Sustainability Institute has gathered information on the Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) in a map, as some of them may require training in basic software development skills to help scientists improve or speed up their research, ensure that their results are more reliable and verifiable, encourage sharing code and collaboration with others and aid reproducibility overall. As the Institute already has multi-year training agreements with some CDTs relating to running and coordinating Software Carpentry (SWC) and Data Carpentry (DC) workshops, we were also interested to identify other centres, which may be interested in either helping with setting up regional training centres or setting up their own software training.

Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs), also called Doctoral Training Centres (DTCs), are one of the several ways by which research councils in the UK provide support for advanced, high-level and increasingly interdisciplinary scientific training following undergraduate studies.

Go to the interactive map and find out more.

 

British Library awards, Library CarpentryBy James Baker, Lecturer in Digital History and Archives, University of Sussex, and Software Sustainability Institute Fellow

Librarians play a crucial role in cultivating world-class research and in most disciplinary areas today world-class research relies on the use of software. Established non-profit organisations such as Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry offer introductory software skills training with a focus on the needs and requirements of research scientists. Library Carpentry is a comparable introductory software skills training programme with a focus on the needs and requirements of library professionals: and by software skills, I mean coding and data manipulation that go beyond the use of familiar office suites. As librarians have substantial expertise working with data, we believe that adding software skills to their armoury is an effective and important use of professional development resource that benefits both library professionals and their colleagues and collaborators across higher education and beyond.

In November 2015 the first Library Carpentry workshop programme took place at City University London Centre for Information, generously supported by the…

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