The Carpentries at Edinburgh
Edinburgh Carpentries (EdCarp) is a local community of instructors and volunteers of The Carpentries mainly at the University of Edinburgh. Our instructors are trained volunteers, who deliver workshops about introductory coding and coding best practices, specifically targeted at academics. The Carpentries workshops are suitable for complete beginners.
The Carpentries teaches foundational computational, coding, and data science skills to researchers worldwide with no or minimal prior programming knowledge who find themselves increasingly having to write code to conduct their work. In the UK, the Carpentry programme was first endorsed by the Software Sustainability Institute (SSI), which still provide support for running and organising workshops and recruiting instructors from the wider UK Carpentry community.
The Carpentries project was formed in January 2018 by formally merging Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry. There are now many more new and emerging Carpentries, such as Library Carpentry and HPC Carpentry, which are all coming together under the umbrella of The Carpentries. These are all communities of practice - consisting of volunteer instructors, trainers, maintainers, helpers, and supporters who all share a mission to teach scientists best practices in writing clean, reproducible and robust code.
Software Carpentry (since early 2000s) focuses on conveying the best practices in programming and writing clean, reproducible and robust code to analyse data regardless of the tools used. In general, topics that are covered by the core Software Carpentry curriculum include:
- Automating repetitive tasks - using UNIX Shell
- Code version control, sharing and collaboration - using git/GitHub or Mercurial
- An introduction to programming and best practices - using R or Python
Data Carpentry (since 2014) teaches particular and recommended open source tools to do reproducible and scalable data analysis. In general, topics that are covered by the core Data Carpentry curriculum include:
- Best practices in data organisation using spreadsheets
- Data cleaning - using OpenRefine
- Data management with SQL
- Data analysis and visualisation - using R or Python
Read more about the history of Software and Data Carpentry.
If you want to register to the EdCarp mailing list and/or you want to be involved as an helper or an instructor in a EdCarp Workshops fill this form.
See Edinburgh Carpentries website’s Accessibility Statement.
News and Events
- School of GeoSciences Software Carpentry Workshop, Online, 07 May - 28 May 2021
- Library Carpentry Series (Regex, Tidy Data, Open Refine, Shell, Python, R), Online, 04 March - 13 May 2021
- Software Carpentry, Online, 8,9,15,16 December 2020
- Data Carpentry Biology, Online, 1-15 December 2020
- Data Carpentry for Humanities. University of Edinburgh, Online, 25-27 November
- Software Carpentry workshop, Online, 17-19 November 2020
- IGMM SWC, Online, 17-30 September
- Data Carpentry for Social Sciences. Edinburgh Carpentries and Heriot-Watt University, Online, 28-29 July and 04-05 August 2020
- Scottish Funding Council, Data Skills Workforce Development, Data Carpentry Social Sciences. Spreadsheet, OpenRefine and Python, Online, 01-02 July 2020
- Data Carpentry Genomics. Edinburgh Carpentries and National Horizons Centre, Online, 25-26 June 2020