About Us

Here you will find a range of useful information about our work. For more information on all things Carpentries, see The Carpentries Handbook.

About The Carpentries

The Carpentries project comprises Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry, communities of Instructors, Trainers, Maintainers, helpers, and supporters who share a mission to teach foundational computational and data science skills to researchers.

The Carpentries subscribes to a shared Code of Conduct. In January, 2018, Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry merged their projects to form The Carpentries. This blog post provides some background. Visit the individual Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry web sites for more detailed project histories.

How is The Carpentries Managed?

The Carpentries is a fiscally sponsored project of Community Initiatives, a registered 501(c)3 non-profit based in California, USA. Tracy Teal is the Executive Director, and governance of the merged Carpentries is undertaken by an Executive Council which comprises four community-elected members and five appointed members drawn from the previous Steering Committees of Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry.

How is The Carpentries Funded?

We now have more than 70 member organisations in 10 countries. Collectively these memberships generate 58.8% of our revenue. Workshop fees bring in 18.6% of our annual revenue, and grants and donations account for 22.4% of revenue. These income streams support the work of our small staff.

You can donate to The Carpentries through this portal.

What Information is Where?

What is common across both Carpentries - the Code of Conduct, assessment, governance, instructor training, our privacy policy - will be found through this site, while Software Carpentry or Data Carpentry-specific material, such as lessons, will remain on the individual Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry sites. We will increasingly post on the Carpentries blog, rather than to individual Carpentries blog sites.

What is a Carpentries Workshop?

Software Carpentry workshops or Data Carpentry workshops generally comprise two full days of face-to-face instruction, based on either Software Carpentry or Data Carpentry lesson materials, respectively.

Workshops are taught by volunteer Instructors. Certified Instructors comprise people who have completed our instructor training course. A typical workshop has two instructors, and 2-3 helpers answering questions during practical sessions. (These helpers are often alumni of previous workshops who are hoping to become instructors themselves.)

Short bursts of teaching via live coding alternate with hands-on practical exercises, and participants are encouraged both to help one another, and to apply what they are learning to their own research problems during, between, and after sessions.

Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry lessons are all open source, and are hosted on GitHub. See our workshop checklists.

Join Us!

Organisations are encouraged to join us as contributing members to support the work we do. We welcome new people to our community. We have many ways to engage, including The Carpentries Twitter feed, our Slack channel, subscribing to Carpentry Clippings, our twice-monthly newsletter, (see older issues), following our Facebook page, and by joining some of our email lists.

You can also follow the Software Carpentry or Data Carpentry Twitter feeds.

Referencing The Carpentries

The Carpentries, while sounding plural, is a singular entity. Therefore, when referring to The Carpentries, verbs should also be singular, e.g. ‘The Carpentries is …‘. The correct title for the merged organisation is The Carpentries. However, you can use terminology such as ‘A Carpentries workshop …‘.

We appreciate being mentioned in the acknowledgments sections of papers, theses, and proposals, as it helps us show current and potential funders what impact we are having. If you would like to acknowledge The Carpentries, please use wording like this:

We were aided in this work by the training and other support offered by The Carpentries [1].
[1] The Carpentries https://carpentries.org

The Carpentries in the Literature

Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry have both been featured in many publications, and some members of the Carpentries community have written materials about our workshops, our history, and our impact. See our citations page for a list. Comprehensive reports about our impact can be found in our assessment section.

Do you know about other works that should be listed here? If so, please email team@carpentries.org to let us know.