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Announcing ReScience

By Konrad Hinsen / 2015-09-03

It's our great pleasure to announce the creation of "ReScience" which is a peer-reviewed journal that targets computational research and encourages the explicit replication of already published research, promoting new and open-source implementations in order to ensure that the original research is reproducible. more

Running a Code Retreat

By Terri Yu / 2015-09-02

I recently attended a scholarship retreat run by Google with about 40 other students. We spent one day doing a "code retreat" and I wanted to share my experience and what I learned about programming. more

SSI Fellowship Applications Open

By Shoaib Sufi / 2015-09-02

The Fellowship Programme run by the Software Sustainability Institute funds researchers in exchange for their expertise and advice. The main goals of the Programme are encouraging best practice and gathering information about research software from all disciplines, and encouraging Fellows to develop their interests in the area of software sustainability (especially in their areas of work). The Programme also supports capacity building and policy development initiatives. more

Better Teaching Practices

By Greg Wilson / 2015-09-01

It wasn't part of our original plan, but over time Software Carpentry has come to be about better teaching as much as it is about better computing. In aid of that, I would like to offer the following: more

Three Graphs I Would Like to See

By Greg Wilson / 2015-08-31

I spent part of the weekend chatting with a friend in Cambridge who used to be science editor at The Independent and now edits Scientific Computing World. During those conversations, I realized that there are three graphs I'd really like to see: more

GSoC 2015 Finished

By Raniere Silva / 2015-08-30

This year's edition of Google Summer of Code (GSoC) has now finished. We are very happy with the outcome of the work of the three students that worked under the NumFOCUS umbrella that we helped to coordinate. more

2015 Post-Workshop Instructor Debriefing, Round 16 (evening)

By Raniere Silva / 2015-08-28

On August 18th the mentoring subcommittee hosted the 16th round of instructor debriefing. This post highlights the themes discussed in the morning session (you can read about the morning debriefing session here). more

2015 Post-Workshop Instructor Debriefing, Round 16 (morning)

By Kate Hertweck / 2015-08-28

The mentorship committee held their latest round of debriefing for instructors of recent workshops on Tuesday, August 18. This post highlights the themes discussed in the morning session (you can read about the evening debriefing session here). Our participants included multiple levels of experience, including new instructors and experienced instructors who were preparing to teach again soon. The most difficult aspects of their experiences are described below, as well as things that work well and may assist in ameliorating problems. more

August 18 - 26, 2015: Instructors' Retreat, Applying Discounts, Adding Lessons, Be a Mentor, Undergraduate Training, and Improving RStudio.

By Anelda van der Walt / 2015-08-26


  • Do you want to meet other Software Carpentry instructors and share your training experience? Let us know when you'll be available for our first Virtual Instructors' Retreat. We've already heard back from 60 people!
  • How do you know if a fee waiver or discount will apply to your Software Carpentry Workshop? Read our new guidelines.
  • Mike Jackson wrote about how easy and rewarding it is to add lessons to the Software Carpentry repertoire. It's inspirational to see the power of openness and collaboration.

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Fee Waivers and Discounted Fees

By Raniere Silva / 2015-08-24

A couple of weeks ago the Steering Committee met in person and one of the topics discussed was fee waivers and discounted fees for workshops and instructor training. Continue reading for our conclusions. more

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