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TEACHING LAB SKILLS FOR
SCIENTIFIC COMPUTING

Who We Are

Our volunteers teach basic software skills to researchers in science, engineering, and medicine.

What We Do

We run workshops all over the world, provide open access teaching materials, and run an instructor training program.

Presenting the novice R materials and future plans for the SWC R community

By John Blischak / 2014-10-20

Approximately seven months after our initial meeting, the SWC R community has developed the first set of R lessons for use both in workshops and for self-directed learning from the SWC website. These novice R lessons are a translation of the current novice Python lessons.

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Num Wrongs Plus Plus

By Tommy Guy / 2014-10-17

I was teaching Git to a room of roughly 25 students on day 2 of a Software Carpentry workshop and we ran into a problem that feels like a case study on the reason it's hard to move science to safer practices.

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Welcome More New Instructors

By Greg Wilson / 2014-10-16

We are very pleased to welcome another new batch of instructors to our team:

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A Research Software Petition

By Greg Wilson / 2014-10-15

"We must accept that software is fundamental to research, or we will lose our ability to make groundbreaking discoveries." If you agree—and I hope you do—then please take a moment to add your name to this petition posted by the Software Sustainability Institute, and then help to spread the word by blogging, tweeting, and telling your friends.

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Yet Another Template for Lessons

By Raniere Silva / 2014-10-14

After the splitting the repository post, Gabriel Devenyi and Greg Wilson wrote some suggestions for how the new lessons repositories should look like (see Gabriel's post about metadata and Greg's post about overall file structure). From my experience at the Mozilla Science Lab sprint I don't like Gabriel's preq metadata because I don't believe it helps very much. I also don't like Greg's proposal to duplicate some files in every Git repository, so here are some changes that I suggest.

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Blog Archives ⇒

Upcoming Workshops

Canada University of Toronto
Oct 30-31, 2014
Australia University of Sydney
Oct 31-Nov 1, 2014
United-States Northwestern University
Oct 31 - Nov 1, 2014
Canada GREZOSP
Nov 6-7, 2014
United-Kingdom The Nowgen Centre, University of Manchester
Nov 09-11, 2014
Germany European Molecular Biology Laboratory
Nov 12-14, 2014
United-Kingdom NERC / University of Leeds
Nov 24-26, 2014
South-Africa University of Cape Town
Nov 27-28, 2014
United-Kingdom The University of Edinburgh
Dec 3-4, 2014
United-Kingdom NERC / University of Leeds
Jan 14-16, 2015
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