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Who We Are

The Software Carpentry Foundation is a non-profit organization whose members teach researchers basic software skills.

What We Do

We run workshops all over the world, provide open access teaching materials, and run an instructor training program.

2015 Election Candidates

The Software Carpentry Foundation is having its first Steering Committee election on January 26-30, 2015. Candidates are posting short descriptions of themselves, what they'd like to do for the SCF, and where they'd like to see Software Carpentry go in the coming year. The posts we have received to date are linked below, and you can find a list of eligible voters here.

Cast Your Vote

By Greg Wilson / 2015-01-26

Voting is now open for Software Carpentry's new Steering Committee. If you are a member, you should have received a ballot by email from If you did not, please check your spam folder; if it is not there, please get in touch and we will sort it out as quickly as we can. more

The Other Ninety Percent

By Greg Wilson / 2015-01-24

Ninety percent or more of learning a skill takes place outside formal lessons as people try things out for themselves and turn attention into habit. This works best if a mentor is on hand to answer questions and provide feedback, but our workshop format doesn't lend itself to that: in most cases, our instructors are back on a plane (or back in their own lab) as soon as they're done teaching, so our learners have to make sense of what they've just been shown on their own. Based on follow-up discussions and Jory Schossau's work, here are things they stumble over in order of increasing pain: more

Welcome Our First New Instructors of 2015

By Greg Wilson / 2015-01-24

One of the best parts of this job is welcoming new instructors to our team. Many of this year's first group have already helped with workshops, and I hope to have a chance to teach with all of them before too long. more

Call for ELIXIR Node Coordinators

By Aleksandra Pawlik / 2015-01-22

One of the 2015 ELIXIR Pilot Projects focuses on supporting training in collaboration with the Data and Software Carpentry initiatives. The pilot "Working up and building the foundation for Data Carpentry and Software Carpentry within ELIXIR" includes a series of initial events across different ELIXIR Nodes. In order to achieve the goal of running Data and Software Carpentry (DC/SWC) workshops, promoting the DC/SWC teaching model, developing and sharing of the training materials, it would be useful if not essential, that each ELIXIR Node has a DC/SWC Coordinator. more

University College London Becomes Software Carpentry Affiliate

By Greg Wilson / 2015-01-22

We are very pleased to announce that University College London has become an affiliate of the Software Carpentry Foundation. We are grateful for their support, and look forward to working with them more closely. more

Improving the Balance

By Greg Wilson / 2015-01-22

Jennifer Martin's recent article "Ten Simple Rules to Achieve Conference Speaker Gender Balance" reminded me that while we've been reporting the number of workshops we've run, and the number of people who've attended, we haven't reported the gender balance among our instructors in a while. I did a quick check, and the result was sobering. From a high of almost 30% eighteen months ago, our instructor pool is now only 18% female. It seems that as we grow, we are regressing to computing's unfortunate mean: from a higher of 38% in the early 1980s, the proportion of computer science degrees awarded to women has dropped to 15-18%, and CS is the only STEM discipline where the gender balance has actually been getting worse over the past few decades. more

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Upcoming Workshops

Canada University of British Columbia
Jan 27-30, 2015
United-States North Carolina State University
Jan 29-30, 2015
Canada The Hospital For Sick Children
Jan 29-30, 2015
United-States University of Illinois
Jan 29-30, 2015
United-States University at Albany, SUNY
Jan 31 - Feb 01, 2015
United-Kingdom EPSRC & MRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Regenerative Medicine, University of Manchester
February 03 - 04, 2015
Canada University of Toronto iSchool
Feb 05-06, 2015
Netherlands Wageningen University & Research
Feb 09-10, 2015
Australia University of Melbourne
Feb 16-17, 2015
Australia University of Melbourne
Feb 16-17, 2015
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