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AAS Reflections

By Azalee Bostroem / 2015-04-18

We just finished* a workshop at the American Astronomical Society. I was lucky to recruit 3 instructors (in addition to myself) - Matt Davis, Erik Bray, and Phil Rosenfield. We also had Pauline Barmby volunteer as a helper (and on the fly instructor). While I wrote this blog post, you will see comments inserted by the instructors.

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Library Carpentry

By Greg Wilson / 2015-04-17

We wrote about the digital skills classes at the British Library last October. We were therefore very pleased to see that James Baker, a Software Sustainability Institute Fellow, is piloting a new program called Library Carpentry. The first run will take place in November 2015 at the Centre for Information Science at City University London; the program will consist of four three-hour sessions, each for 40-50 participants. The announcement has more details, including a call for participants and another for volunteers. Please check them out, and lend a hand if you can.

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Close Enough Redux

By Greg Wilson / 2015-04-17

Back in October, we explained why we don't teach testing in Software Carpentry workshops. In response, Ian Hawke has put together a really nice series of articles about how he would test a small numerical program. It's great content, and it also shows yet again how Jupyter (formerly the IPython Notebook) is changing the way scientists create and share ideas.

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Invitation to Millions of Compute Hours: Announcing the Open Science Grid User School

By Christina Koch / 2015-04-17

If you could access thousands or even millions of hours of computing, how would it transform your research? What discoveries might you make?

Each year the NSF-funded Open Science Grid (OSG) selects a group of 25-30 students to attend the OSG User School, a week-long dive into high-throughput computing approaches, technologies, and skills, within a larger context of computational research design that students can take into their future careers as researchers. Students across the country from nearly any research discipline are invited to apply, and selected applicants will obtain direct access to the OSG beyond the duration of the school.

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Publishing Our Lessons

By Greg Wilson / 2015-04-17

Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) are one of the building blocks of academic bibliography systems. It's now possible to get a DOI for a GitHub repository (or more accurately, for the state of a GitHub repository at a particular point in time). We are going to use this to publish a citable version of our core lessons.

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Quality Is Free - Getting There Isn't

By Greg Wilson / 2015-04-15

Worried about the rising tide of retractions, Nature Biotechnology recently announced that, "Its peer reviewers will now be asked to assess the availability of documentation and algorithms used in computational analyses, not just the description of the work. The journal is also exploring whether peer reviewers can test complex code..." That's a welcome step in theory, but I worry about how it will play out in practice. Scientists already complain about how much time they spend reviewing papers: reviewing code as well will take even more time, particularly if:

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2015 Post-Workshop Instructor Debriefing, Round 7

By Kate Hertweck / 2015-04-14

The mentorship team held our latest round of post-workshop debriefing sessions for instructors who taught recently. Instructors from workshops at Clemson University, University of Miami, University of Melbourne, University of Oklahoma Libraries, Harvard School of Public Health, and Weill Cornell Medical College joined us for our discussions, as well as a few new instructors who will be teaching in coming weeks. Here's a recap of common themes and highlights:

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The Future Then and Now

By Greg Wilson / 2015-04-13

Jon Udell's Internet Groupware for Scientific Collaboration taught me how to think about the web. He started work on an update a couple of months ago, and it has now been published by PLOS. What strikes me upon re-reading the first is how far we've come; upon reading the second, is how far we still have to go to make all of this normal. As William Gibson said, "The future is already here—it's just not very evenly distributed."

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Good Enough Practices in Scientific Computing

By Greg Wilson / 2015-04-13

April Wright recently wrote a blog post about the reproducibility of a paper she recently submitted. In it, she said:

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April 6 - 13, 2015: The Steering Committee, Workshops for Companies, and a Discussion of WiSE Events

By Anelda van der Walt / 2015-04-13

Highlights

Conversations

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