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The Carpentries community of practice started out with a clear goal: teaching foundational computational skills to researchers worldwide. Shared values and goals have long been the starting point of communities of practice as they identify changes they want to see and start working together towards these changes. As a community, The Carpentries are now looking to articulate more closely what these values are and wish the community members to be an integral part of creating these value statements. 

Anyone who is a member of the community, has attended a Carpentry workshop, has gone through instructor training or collaborated with community members in one way or another (on GitHub, in conferences/Hackathons/symposia, etc.) is invited to offer their opinion and contribute to the formulation of community values in The Carpentries by answering these two questions:

  1. Envision people you think of as representative of The Carpentries community. What words would you use to describe these people? There is no need to identify them, just briefly outline their characteristics.

  2. Workshops, calls, interactions, and guidelines led by The Carpentries are but a few things that make them who they…

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By Anna Krystalli, Software Sustainability Institute Fellow

It was great to be at CarpentryConnect Manchester 2019 a few weeks ago. Not only did I join a fantastic group of people who are a joy to spend time with, extremely knowledgeable and generous with that knowledge, but, with such a focus on active learning, it was also the perfect event for running the first ReproHack in the series and gathering feedback to guide future development.

What's a ReproHack?

Reprohacks are one-day reproducibility hackathons where participants reproduce papers from published code and data. While I've been part of running two of these since 2016 as part of OpenCon satellite events, returning to ReproHacking and taking it to the next level is the focus of my 2019 Software Sustainability Institute Fellowship.

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In their current format, ReproHacks begin with a call for authors to propose their papers for reproduction.…

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The Software Sustainability Institute is pleased to announce the launch of the new mailing list local-uk@lists.carpentries.org under The Carpentries Topicbox.

This mailing group is open to the Carpentry community in the UK – trainers, instructors, helpers, workshop coordinators and facilitators and anyone else interested in joining – to discuss training matters round the UK.

Join the list or view it online

We now also have a #local-uk channel under The Carpentries Slack workspace.

About The Carpentries

The Carpentries was formed in January 2018 by formally merging Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry. The Carpentries teach researchers the essential computing and data skills needed to do computational or data-intensive research and exist because this type of training is not part of basic research training in most research disciplines, or is pitched at the wrong level wrong level,…

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Session videos from CarpentryConnect Manchester 2019 (CCMcr19) are now available on the Institute’s YouTube channel.


In affiliation with The Carpentries, the Software Sustainability Institute organised the first European CarpentryConnect event in Manchester from 25–27 June 2019. CCMcr19 was hosted at The Studio Manchester on 25 and 26 of June, and in the Kilburn Building at the School of Computer Science (University of Manchester) on 27 June.

If you missed the event, Aleksandra Nenadic, Training Lead at the Software Sustainability Institute and CCMcr19 committee chair, wrote a summary of the three days in her blog post “Highlights of CarpentryConnect Manchester 2019.”

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By Jeremy Cohen, EPSRC RSE Fellow, Imperial College London.

This blog post was originally published at the RSE Imperial College blog.

On the 9th and 10th July 2019 the Research Software London community ran its first regional Software Carpentry workshop. The event was jointly organised by Imperial, UCL and Queen Mary with Queen Mary hosting the workshop at their Mile End Campus.

Several Imperial software carpentry volunteers and members of the Imperial research software community were involved in organising and running the event along with organisers, instructors and helpers from UCL and Queen Mary. The workshop covered a standard Software Carpentry syllabus with the attendees being taught the basics of the Unix shell and git on the first day of the workshop with an introduction to Python on the second day.

The majority of attendees were from Queen Mary, UCL and Imperial but spaces were also made available to the wider RSLondon community. This provided a great opportunity for newcomers to the research software field from institutions…

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By Lucy Whalley, Software Sustainability Institute Fellow.

Some, or perhaps most, of the readers of this blog will be aware of The Carpentries project, which teaches foundational coding and data science skills to researchers. The Carpentries has been a huge success, training thousands of researchers worldwide. But I’ve often thought – what happens after the basics are in place? This is where initiatives like Code Refinery come in.

Code Refinery is a nordic project that works with students, researchers and research software engineers across all disciplines. They develop, maintain and deliver training material on software best practices, aimed at researchers who already write code. The workshop lessons read like a recipe for sustainable software: automated testing, documentation, modular code development, collaborative version control, social coding and open software. 

My Software Sustainability Institute Fellowship project hopes to support researchers to publish their code in journals such as The Journal of Open Source Software (JOSS). For some researchers, publishing their work in JOSS will mean using testing and documentation tools for the first…

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By Aleksandra Nenadic, Training Lead, Software Sustainability Institute

CarpentryConnect Manchester 2019 took place from 25th to 27th June 2019. For the first two days, we were in a fantastic, modern, vibrant meeting venue – The Studio – at the very heart of Manchester. On the third day, we moved to the University of Manchester’s School of Computer Science, so attendees had an opportunity to see the Oxford Road/North campus after refurbishment too. We’ll publish a detailed CarpentryConnect Manchester 2019 report, but, in the meantime, here are some highlights from the event. 

We had 75 participants from nine countries (UK, Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway, Oslo, Germany, Italy, the US and Australia), ran 27 training and discussion workshops, and hosted 12 lightning talks and four posters.

Day 0

The organising committee kicked the conference off the night before with a dinner at Bundobust, Indian street food & craft beer restaurant, with some people who arrived early.

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Day 1

On the…

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CarpentryConnect Manchester 2019 (CCmcr19) will be held from 25th - 27th June 2019 at The Studio Manchester on 25th and 26th of June and in the Kilburn Building at the School of Computer Science (University of Manchester) on 27th June. Have a look at the programme for the event

The Software Sustainability Institute staff will be attending this event. We will aim to answer all emails but might take us while to get back to you. You can also follow the event on Twitter @SoftwareSaved #CCMcr19.

Reusable Lanyard Raffle at CCMcr19

We're running a Reusable Lanyard Raffle at the event. All CarpentryConnect attendees will have the opportunity to win an Amazon voucher and a branded t-shirt. 

How to participate

Simply bring a lanyard from one of your past events along or borrow one of our reused ones, find a person with the same-coloured lanyard, take a photo and upload it to Twitter using the hashtags #CCMcr19ReusableLanyard #CCMcr19ReduceCO2.  If you don't have a Twitter account, you can email the photo to the …

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CCmcrlogo.pngIn affiliation with The Carpentries, the Institute is organising the first European CarpentryConnect event in Manchester from 25th - 27th June 2019 in collaboration with the Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research and with support from Manchester’s Data Science Institute. It will be hosted at The Studio Manchester on 25th and 26th of June and in the Kilburn Building at the School of Computer Science (University of Manchester) on 27th June.

The conference programme offers a range of keynotes, breakout discussion sessions, training workshops, lightning talks and poster sessions around training. We will also be running a social programme after the conference after each day.

Register by 22nd June to get a standard registration ticket.

If you’ve already registered, help the organisers run the event by:

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By Toby Hodges, European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) Heidelberg, Germany.

You might have seen that the full programme for CarpentryConnect Manchester 2019 was published recently. As well as exciting keynote talks and plenty of breakout sessions covering important topics relating to teaching and developing skills in research software, the conference promises to be particularly relevant for anyone interested in developing high-quality teaching material or enhancing their computational skills.

Kicking off with a new workshop, Introduction to The Carpentries Curriculum Development, led by François Michonneau from The Carpentries, the programme includes a wide range of workshops to help participants who are developing new and existing lesson material. François will orientate attendees with the existing lesson template infrastructure from The Carpentries, which makes it easy to publish well-structured, stylish lessons on the web, and provide guidance on what to think about and prioritise while developing teaching material.

The programme for day two includes a number of sessions that will further empower participants to create excellent training material. Attendees can learn how to use Git and…

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