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Software Carpentry at JCU and USQ

Both USQ and JCU held successful Software Carpentry workshops last month, and JCU has more training courses to come.

Software Carpentry (including Data and Library Carpentry) aims to help researchers and research support staff get their work done by teaching them computing skills.

The JCU eResearch Centre will hold an “Intro to Genomics” Data Carpentry course at the Townsville campus on 25–26 October. It is for JCU HDR (Higher Degree by Research) students who have prior Unix training to learn more about using the shell for variant calling and genome assembly, including how to link multiple processes together via scripted workflows. 

The Centre will follow this workshop with an “Intro to Git, Unix and R” Software Carpentry workshop on 7–8 November at the Cairns campus. This course is for HDR students who have no prior exposure to Git, Unix shell, or R. 

Most workshops are suitable for researchers from a variety of domains. For example, JCU’s Software Carpentry Python, Unix and Git workshop on 26–27 September had seven HDR students from domains such as geology, sociology, and marine biology.

Dr Collin Storlie, QCIF’s eResearch Analyst at JCU, organises the university’s Software Carpentry workshops. He aims to run five training courses per semester: one each at the Townsville campus on Python, HPC, and genomic eResearch tools, and two related to R programming — one each at the Townsville and Cairns campuses.

Dates for more JCU courses, for both this year and next year, will be announced in the November issue of QRISnews.

Please contact Dr Storlie if you would like more information about JCU’s Software Carpentry workshops: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

QCIF's eResearch Analyst at USQ, Dr Francis Gacenga, has also been busy planning and co-leading Software Carpentry workshops.

USQ’s workshop on Monday, 25 September had 15 participants getting to grips with R, a powerful, popular and free statistical and graphical programming language.

One attendee in their post-event feedback said: “Many thanks for the wonderful workshop yesterday. I really enjoyed it and learned more than I thought I would, which is always great.” 

Dr Gacenga runs a Software Carpentry workshop at least once a year at USQ’s Toowoomba campus. Next year, if demand is sufficient, he is planning to run two Software Carpentry workshops, with one potentially at USQ’s Springfield campus. 

He also organises bi-monthly “HPC101” courses at USQ to help researchers with high performance computing. The last workshop, on Tuesday, 26 September, introduced five USQ researchers to HPC environments. 

Please contact Dr Gacenga if you are a USQ researcher interested in participating in the next HPC101 workshop or future Software Carpentry workshops: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

QCIF is committed to maximising Software Carpentry’s benefits for Queensland researchers, and signed up this year as a member of the U.S.-based Software Carpentry Foundation.