In the last episode we talked about The Carpentries, the joint initiative comprising the Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry. In this episode we’ve invited Chris Erdmann to talk to us about the third well-known Carpentry out there (not being part of The Carpentries yet): Library Carpentry. Together with Chris, who is the current Library Carpentry Community and Development Director, we dive into what Library Carpentry is, how it came to being, what it does and where it heads to.
Software Carpentry is an initiative that has already been mentioned in various Open Science Radio episodes. From 1998 it has ventured out in order to teach scientists how to teach other scientists how to program software that helps them in their daily work with scientific (data) analysis. The community-driven project is a unique one and it was about time that we dip into their activities. Luckily we don’t need to do that alone but are honored that Greg Wilson, the co-founder of Software Carpentry, has freed up some of his time to give us an introduction and answer some of our questions. In addition, it is quite convenient that Konrad already has gained some experience with Software Carpentry himself. We hope this episode provides a small introduction to this great initiative and maybe encourages someone of you to participate and support it. Besides, we strongly recommend that you take some time and have a look at the material yourself. Enjoy!