QCIF-led project tops Mozilla Global Sprint’s list

More than 100 contributors from seven countries took part in a QCIF/RCC-led project to extend Library Carpentry's suite of lessons.

This was the biggest by far of the more than 100 projects in Mozilla Science Lab’s 2017 Global Sprint that took place worldwide on 1–2 June.

With such a global team — from Australia, US, UK, the Netherlands, Canada, South Africa and New Zealand — work never stopped during the 48 hours of the Sprint. Most worked at one of the 13 registered sites while almost 40 people joined in remotely. People kept in touch via GitHub issues, the Library Carpentry chatroom, and regular Zoom videoconferencing sessions.

Library Carpentry is a version of Software Carpentry which involves software skills and related lessons for library professionals. Library Carpentry is made by librarians, for librarians, to help with such tasks as automating repetitive or error-prone chores, and creating, maintaining and analysing sustainable and reusable data.

Existing Library Carpentry lessons have been tested in about 30 workshops worldwide. The Mozilla Global Sprint project aimed to upgrade the lessons based on feedback from workshop attendees and instructors.

Belinda Weaver, of QCIF and RCC, coordinated the Sprint’s Library Carpentry project and the Brisbane site at UQ, as she did last year. In 2016, her project involved 20 people from six countries. This year was bigger and broader, with more substantial outcomes, including two new Library Carpentry lessons.

The Brisbane Sprint site also hosted representatives of two other Mozilla projects — Aletheia, an open science publishing platform, and the OpenHeart Project, which aims to improve mechanical heart failure devices for use in developing countries.

The Mozilla Global Sprint is an annual hackathon to build projects that benefit open science.

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UQ and QUT librarians brainstormed ideas with Python lesson coordinator Richard Vankoningsveld on what could be automated with coding in the library at the Brisbane site of the Mozilla Global Sprint. (Photo: Dr Nick Hamilton, QCIF/RCC/IMB.)