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QCIF signs up as a Software Carpentry member

QCIF has made a formal commitment to the growth and spread of Software and Data Carpentry in Queensland, with the support of the global Software Carpentry Foundation.

QCIF recently signed up as a member of the U.S.-based Software Carpentry Foundation to maximise its benefits for Queensland researchers.

Software Carpentry aims to teach researchers the computing skills they need to get more done in less time and with less pain. Workshops typically cover how to use Python, R, Unix or Git.

As a member, QCIF is supported to train up to 50 Software Carpentry instructors per year and run any number of workshops. Those who complete Software Carpentry instructor training can go on to run their own low-cost workshops at their institution.

QCIF is keen to work with other Foundation members to build a national pool of Software Carpentry instructors.

QCIF CEO Dr Phil Gurney said becoming a Software Carpentry member was an obvious next step. “It’s a great organisation and we’re both trying to accomplish the same thing, i.e., help researchers achieve their research goals in the best way possible. QCIF staff have been involved in running Software Carpentry workshops in Queensland since 2014. The feedback from participants has always been very positive.”

To kick off its bid to create more trainers, QCIF hosted a two-day Software Carpentry instructor training workshop at the end of last month. Of the 21 people trained, there were four each from UQ and QUT, three from Griffith, two each from USQ, USC and the QIMRB Berghofer Medical Research Institute, and one each from JCU, CSIRO, TRI (Translational Research Institute) and the National Herbarium of NSW.

Included in the above numbers, four QCIF staff were trained, including eResearch Analysts Dr Collin Storlie (JCU) and Jason D’Netto (QUT); Dr Nick Hamilton, a QCIF/Research Computing Centre eResearch Analyst and Institute for Molecular Bioscience bio-mathematician; and QCIF/RCC bioinformatician and software developer Thom Cuddihy.

As long as at least one instructor is certified and the Software or Data Carpentry content is taught, it can be labelled a Carpentry workshop.

QCIF’s membership will support the ongoing development and maintenance of the Software and Data Carpentry lessons demanded by research communities.

Becoming a member entitles QCIF to a seat on the Software Carpentry Foundation’s advisory board.

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SC instructor training July2017

QCIF's Software Carpentry Instructor Training class of July 2017. Trainer Belinda Weaver (white top, front row) led the event. (Image by Dr Nick Hamilton.)