Software Carpentry Boot Camp

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Mary Shelley, SESYNC

Scientific work generally, and synthesis work specifically, very often requires dealing with diverse and messy data. Many scientists cobble together computing solutions to address immediate needs for data management, processing, and analysis, but could greatly increase productivity (and ease suffering!) through an understanding of basic principles of software engineering. Unfortunately, most scientists do not receive coherent training in the scientific programming concepts and techniques that are critical to their success.

That’s where the Software Carpentry team—a volunteer group of scientists and experienced software developers that trains scientists in basic programming and software best practices to advance their research—comes in.

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) will bring faculty, graduate students, postdocs, and other lab members who are actively working on computational and data-related research projects together to attend a four-day Software Carpentry boot camp. The boot camp will be taught by certified instructors from the Software Carpentry team and will cover basic scientific computing topics including:

  • using command line/shell for automating tasks and redirecting output;
  • version control for tracking provenance and collaborating with others on code development;
  • automated testing to ensure that code is functioning as expected;
  • basics of python programming which can accelerate tasks in many software packages (e.g., ArcGIS, SQL, R); and
  • potentially one or two other topics depending on participant interest.
Aron Ahmadia, US Army Corps of Engineers
Gabby Ahmadia, World Wildlife Fund
Chris Anelli, University of Maryland
David Angelaszek, University of Maryland
Brian Beckage, University of Vermont
Anika Cartas, University of Maryland
Jeannine Cavender-Bares, University of Minnesota
Laura Duncanson, University of Maryland
Julia Ekstrom, Natural Resources Defense Council
Justin Ely, Space Telescope Science Institute
Rosemary Fanelli, University of Maryland
Alexander Forde, University of Maryland
Andrew Foss-Grant, University of Maryland
Chris Free, Rutgers University
Drew Hart, University of Maryland
Jacob Hosen, University of Maryland
Alex Jeffers, University of Maryland
Ben Koch, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Bernhard Konrad, University of British Columbia
Ian McFadden, University of Maryland
Anna McMurray, University of Maryland
David Murray, Murray and Walker, Inc.
James Pierson, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Louis Plough, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Jessie Ritter, Natural Resources Defense Council
Brian Sadacca, National Institutes of Health
Carly Strasser, California Digital Library
Anu Swatantran, University of Maryland
Hao Tang, University of Maryland
William Trimble, Argonne National Laboratory
Derek van Berkel, Ohio State University
Amanda Whitlock, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Julie Wolf, University of Maryland
Amy Zanne, George Washington University
Andres Baeza Castro, SESYNC
Bill Burnside, SESYNC
Travis Burrell, SESYNC
Drew Gerkey, SESYNC
Kelly Hondula, SESYNC
Elise Larsen, SESYNC
Nick Magliocca, SESYNC
Jessica Marx, SESYNC
Ian Munoz, SESYNC
Kristin Powell, SESYNC
Leslie Reis, SESYNC
Bill Schenk, SESYNC
Mike Smorul, SESYNC
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