There is a lot of material to teach software development, data manipulation, or statistical analysis for life science researchers. Unfortunately, much of it is disorganised, contradictory, or it assumes too much prior knowledge. The Software Carpentry Foundation and its sister organisation Data Carpentry teach researchers how to retrieve, view, manipulate, analyse and store theirs and other's data in an open and reproducible way.
To introduce the curriculum and training model of Software and Data Carpentry to ELIXIR, ELIXIR UK launched a pilot Software and Data Carpentry progamme for ELIXIR. Throughout 2015 and 2016, the pilot organised a series of five Software and Data Carpentry workshops (UK, Belgium, the Netherlands, Finland and Slovenia) and provided support for additional six training workshops organised by individual ELIXIR Nodes.
This Pilot programme focused both on teaching basic computational skills to life science researchers, and on creating a pool of ELIXIR training instructors who would be able to run Software and Data Carpentry workshops independently. In total, the programme trained around 240 life science researchers and trainers from 13 ELIXIR Nodes.
ELIXIR and Software and Data Carpentry organisations are currently discussing possibilities to continue and extend this collaboration further in 2016. For more information, contact Aleksandra Pawlik, ELIXIR UK (University of Manchester), pawlik[at]software.ac[dot]uk.
Software and Data Carpentry workshops
- Data Carpentry hackathon, hosted by ELIXIR Finland at the CSC IT Centre for Science in Helsinki, Finland, 16-17 March 2015.
- Data Carpentry Workshop at CSC, Helsinki Finland, 18-19 March 2015. Co-located with the hackathon held the two preceding days.
- Data Carpentry hackathon at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands, 22-23 June 2015.
- Data Carpentry workshop at the University of Utrecht, 24-25 June 2015.
- Data and Software Carpentry Instructor Training, Lausanne, Switzerland, 13-14 January 2016