CRDDS Year of Data Series- The Carpentries: Training for Efficient and Reproducible Research

Please join us next Friday, February 2, 2018, for the next installment of the Center for Research Data and Digital Scholarship (CRDDS) ( “Year of Data Series”.  Erin Becker from Data Carpentry will be speaking to the CU community on “The Carpentries: Training for efficient and reproducible research“ in Norlin N410 from 1:30-2:30 pm.  From 2:30-3:30 pm we welcome the community to come for an informal gathering with Erin to discuss her talk, the Data Carpentry program, and data training in general.  We hope to see you there!  Please see below for her talk abstract and bio.  Feel free to email if you have questions.


Our increasing capacity to collect data is changing science, as the availability of data is no longer the bottleneck. There is great potential for discovery, but we are primarily failing to translate this sea of data into scientific advances, because researchers are not trained in the skills needed for effective management and analysis. The question then becomes, in addition to scaling data production and computation, how do we develop and deliver training to scale data literate researchers? Course curriculums are slow to change, need qualified instructors and are already full. Short courses are oversubscribed and reach a limited number of participants. To provide scalable and distributed training, Data Carpentry develops and teaches domain-specific hands-on workshops in data organization, management, and analysis. This is a grassroots training effort developed by practitioners for practitioners, who identify core skills and collaboratively develop lessons. All lessons are open source, and workshops are taught by trained volunteers. Workshops are designed for people with little to no prior computational experience and teach in two days how to organize and clean data, manage data and analyze and visualize data in R or Python – the full data lifecycle. Workshops are in high demand, but this model allows for scaling of training and teaches the foundational skills to get biologists started managing and analyzing their data effectively.


Erin Becker is the Associate Director of The Carpentries where she focuses on advancing community building for supporting researchers learning computational data skills. She studied microbial genomics at UC Davis where she also did a postdoc in Biology Education Research focused on developing and implementing practice-based instructional training programs and building community for supporting instructional innovation.