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If you are interested in being a helper for the Hackathon and/or for the Software and Data Carpentry workshops, contact us at cdi@usgs.gov.


The USGS Community for Data Integration and the Earth Science Information Partners are planning to jointly host Software and Data Carpentry Workshops in April 2016. The workshops will be led by trained and experienced instructors and will last two full days. The workshops will be held concurrently on Tuesday, April 12 and Wednesday, April 13 at the Denver Federal Center in Denver, Colorado. Remote participation will not be available and workshop participants will be responsible for their own travel and accommodations (if not in the Denver commuting area); however, the costs of the training will be covered by sponsoring institutions. Participants will need to select whether they would like to attend the Software Carpentry workshop or the Data Carpentry workshop. It will not be possible for participants to move between the workshops. On Thursday, April 14, we will host a hackathon for workshop participants to apply what they have learned in the workshops to some example datasets.

What is the difference between Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry? How do I know which workshop to choose?

Software Carpentry workshops are geared to help scientists who 1.) do not know how to program, but would like to learn to make their research more efficient and reproducible or 2.) are programming, but doing so poorly. The Software Carpentry workshop will be taught using Python; however, the language is not really that important. The workshop will teach you how to organize your data and workflow and modularize your code to make you more efficient at programming. The lessons learned in this workshop can be transferred to any programming language.

Learn more about the Software Carpentry workshop.

Data Carpentry workshops are generally geared to teach people who are wrangling data manually how to automate their work and make it more reproducible. The Data Carpentry workshop that will be taught in April incorporates new lessons that we feel will be particularly well-suited for the USGS and ESIP communities. This workshop will teach scientists how to perform geospatial analysis in R. If you only know how to do geospatial analysis in ArcGIS or another GIS, this workshop will teach you how to work with geospatial data using a more flexible tool.  

Learn more about the Data Carpentry workshop.

What is the Hackathon that will take place on Thursday, April 14th?

Often, workshop participants will leave a workshop and then it will be days, weeks, or even months before they get a chance to apply what they have learned to their everyday work. We are proposing that workshop participants stay for an extra day to apply the Software and Data Carpentry concepts that they learned and network with other participants. What can you expect by the end of the day? Exposure to new data sets, visualization exercises, and the chance to discuss challenges with other like-minded hackers.

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