My name is Raniere Gaia Costa da Silva and I’m standing for re-election to Software Carpentry Steering Committee because working on the Steering Committee in 2016 was fun and a great way to meet some of the amazing members of Software Carpentry community.
I discovered Software Carpentry in 2013 (I wish that I did it early) and contacted Greg asking to be in the next round of instructor training, what happened in 2013’s Fall, because I was trying to do Software Carpentry like workshops in Brazil.
In 2014 I sent some pull requests to the lessons
(mostly to Shell, Git and Python),
annoyed Greg because we use Python 2 and not Python 3,
helped over-engineering our
crazy lesson template,
and delivery the first half dozen of Software Carpentry in Brazil.
Last year, because of Steering Committee activities I significant drop the number of pull request sent to the lessons (something that I missed very much). On the Steering Committee my biggest contribution was leading the Mentoring Subcommittee that host the post workshop debriefing sessions and the help & instructor retreat that happened last Fall. If you want to read more about what I was involved in 2015 check this blog post.
Plans for 2016
In 2016, independent of the result of the Steering Committee election, I want to focus on the assessment of achievements that our students had after attend our workshops because this is a important piece to Software Carpentry sustainability and expansion.
I will not leave the Mentoring Subcommittee because it is one of the ways to get data for assessments but I hope to pass the leadership of it to one of our current members.
If I was elected I want be secretary of 2016 Steering Committee because although we did a good job with the minutes of the meetings I believe that we could do it a lot better.
A few extra things that I want to do but don’t plan to spend many hours are:
- run our first workshop in Portugal (or any other country that speaks Portuguese),
- collaborate to workshops in Latin America continue to be offered, and
- translate the lessons to Portuguese (or any other language).
Sometimes I write in my blog about book that I read, cities that I visited, things that I tried to hack and Software Carpentry workshops that I taught.
Some of my projects are on GitHub. Most of them are old and abandoned. =(