CarpentryConnect Johannesburg 2018

Mon Sep 3, 08:30 - Fri Sep 7, 17:00

Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre


The Carpentries (Software Carpentry, Data Carpentry, and Library Carpentry) teaches foundational computational, coding, and data science skills to researchers worldwide. The Carpentries strives to support a vibrant, connected, global community with consideration for specific regional needs. The first global community event, CarpentryCon 2018, took place in Dublin in May 2018. CarpentryCon is the key community-building and networking event in The Carpentries' annual calendar of activities. CarpentryConnect events, however, are regional Carpentry Community meetups that take place outside of the main international CarpentryCon meetup and offer opportunities to strengthen regional networks and communities.

The first South African CarpentryConnect will be held in Johannesburg and will bring together newer and more experienced community members to share knowledge, to network, to develop new skills, and to develop strategies for building strong local communities. The theme of the event is Building Bridges for Digital & Computational Literacy.

The event will offer several practical training sessions where participants can choose to learn how to use tools such as R, Python, OpenRefine, Spreadsheets and more at an introductory level, or strengthen their skills in more advanced topics in Python, R, and more. Specific workshops include a Library Carpentry workshop mostly aimed at Librarians and people working in Digital Humanities, a Data Carpentry workshop aimed at Social Scientists but open to anyone, and a Software Carpentry workshop suitable for anyone. We will also run a Carpentry instructor training workshop. Invited trainers and instructors include: Allegra Via (Italy), specialised in bioinformatics training; Sarah Brown (USA), electrical engineer with expertise in machine learning; and many more...

CarpentryConnect Johannesburg 2018 is co-funded by the Rural Campuses Connection Project II (RCCPII) and the South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLAR) and jointly organised by these organisations along with the Digital Humanities Organisation of Southern Africa.


CarpentryConnect Johannesburg 2018
Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre
14 View Point Rd, Bardene, Boksburg, 1456, South Africa
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