The Carpentries (comprised of Data Carpentry, Library Carpentry, and Software Carpentry) is a project whose mission is to teach foundational computational and data science skills to researchers and others who create, manage, and use data.
The Smithsonian Institution has been a member organization since 2017. More than 200 Smithsonian researchers and other staff have taken at least one Carpentries course since then. We also conduct custom workshops, most of which have been genomics-related. Workshop materials can be found on our GitHub page. You can read more about the Smithsonian Carpentries team in our 2019 annual report.
We offer workshops to general audiences and targeted groups at the Smithsonian on a fairly regular basis, but you can sign up for our announcement mailing list to be informed of each event. To sign up for notifications, click the button below and enter your email address:
We are looking for Smithsonian staff and fellows to be trained to join our team of instructors. No prior teaching experience is necessary, but we suggest experience with using one or more of the following: spreadsheets, OpenRefine, Python, R, SQL, Unix, or GitHub. All instructors attend a 2-day training workshop using evidence-based techniques for teaching computational skills.
We will be accepting instructors on a rolling basis.
- Stephen Cox, Smithsonian Libraries (SIL)
- Carrie Craig, National Musuem of Natural History (NMNH)
- Amanda Devine, Global Genome Initiative (GGI)
- Corey DiPietro, National Museum of American History (NMAH)
- Rebecca Dikow, Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO)
- Jennifer Giaccai, Freer-Sackler (FSG)
- Vanessa Gonzalez, Global Genome Initiative (GGI)
- Jennifer Hammock, Encyclopedia of Life (EOL)
- Valentine Herrmann, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI)
- James Holmquist, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC)
- Matt Kweskin, National Musuem of Natural History (NMNH)
- Holly Little, National Musuem of Natural History (NMNH)
- Rayvn Manuel, National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC)
- Bruno de Medeiros, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)
- Alex Robillard, Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO)
- Mike Trizna, Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO)
- Mirian Tsuchiya, Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO)
- Luis Villanueva, Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO)
- Alex White, Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO)
- Sue Zwicker, Smithsonian Libraries (SIL)
- Lucy Chang, NMNH Paleo
- Dave Klinges, SERC
- Mauro Lepore, ForestGEO
Do you work at the Smithsonian and want to organize a workshop to be held at your unit?
Send an email to SI-DataScience@si.edu, and answer the following questions:
Who is the contact person?
- Tell us about yourself and your role with the Smithsonian.
How many learners do you expect to participate?
- We have taught workshops with as many as 40 learners, but we understand that some units and locations at the Smithsonian will only be able to host smaller workshops.
Do you have a good location to hold a workshop?
- We have hosted workshops in many different locations around the Smithsonian (see below), but some rooms require special permissions to reserve them. The room should have a large screen or projector, plenty of electrical outlets for learner laptops, and WiFi.
- What lesson(s) do you have in mind?
What is the timeframe?
- Keep in mind that it will take a few weeks to pull together instructors and helpers who can devote 1-2 days of their time.
- Also keep in mind that it will take considerably more time to develop custom lessons.
|Feb 7-8, 2018||NMNH||Data Carpentry Ecology with Python|
|Mar 7-8, 2018||SERC||Data Carpentry Ecology with R|
|Jun 12-13, 2018||NMNH||Data Carpentry Genomics|
|Oct 10-19, 2018||SCBI||Conservation Genomics|
|Feb 4-5, 2019||Castle Library||Winter 2019 Quarterly Data Carpentry (Python)|
|March 5, 2019||NMNH||Introduction to SI/HPC|
|March 6, 2019||NMNH||Informatics for Metabarcoding|
|May 16-17, 2019||Castle Library||Spring 2019 Quarterly Data Carpentry (R)|
|June 4-5, 2019||NMNH||Genome Annotation Workshop|
|June 19-20, 2019||SERC||Data Carpentry with R|
|July 9-10, 2019||Castle Library||Data Carpentry for Interns|
|August 15-16, 2019||Castle Library||Summer 2019 Quarterly Data Carpentry (Python)|
|September 25-26, 2019||SCBI||Data Carpentry with R|
|November 21-22, 2019||Castle Library||Autumn 2019 Quarterly Data Carpentry (R)|
|February 12-13, 2020||Castle Library||Winter 2020 Quarterly Data Carpentry (Python)|
|March 3-4, 2020||Smithsonian Marine Station, Fort Pierce, FL||Data Carpentry with R|
|April 21 and 23, 2020||Smithsonian Museum Support Center (online)||Data Carpentry with R|
|May 19/20 and 26/27, 2020||Smithsonian-wide (online)||Spring 2020 Quarterly Data Carpentry (R)|
|June 16-19, 2020||SERC Summer Interns||Data Carpentry with R|
|August 11/12 and 18/19, 2020||Smithsonian-wide||Data Carpentry with Python|