In the wake of the Carpentry TTT workshop not being scheduled for GCC2016,
Mo Heydarian (CC'd here) suggested that perhaps we have a much
lighter-weight session during GCC2016 training that covers best practices
and resources for training with Galaxy. Mo and I scrambled our brains
together and came up with this nomination:
We would love to have feedback on this proposal, both specific and big
picture. The text of the nomination can easily be updated any time between
now and next Monday, when voting opens.
This is an opportunity to gather best practices into a single place, and
would be a friendly place to bring new trainers into the fold.
Also, please let me know if you'd be interested in helping teach this.
Thanks, and many thanks to Mo for making this happen,
We are considering offering a Software Carpentry
<https://software-carpentry.org/> / Data Carpentry
<http://www.datacarpentry.org/> *Train the Trainer* workshop immediately
before GCC2016 <http://galaxyproject.org/GCC2016>. This workshop would run
for two days, and accommodate 24 people.
This idea came up at the GCC2015 GTN BoF <http://bit.ly/gcc2015gtnbof>.
Software and Data Carpentry (S/DC) teach scientists core essentials of
programming and data management. Their model is to train and certify
trainers, and then provide a common curriculum and teaching infrastructure
that enables those trainers to teach scientists how to program and manage
We think a S/DC Train the Trainer workshop would be a huge benefit to the
Galaxy Training community for many reasons:
- *The researchers we teach bioinformatics and Galaxy to would also
benefit from learning S/DC*. Becoming certified S/DC instructors would
give us additional (and extremely useful) topics that we could also teach
to our communities.
- *The techniques presented in S/DC Train the Trainer workshops are
equally applicable to bioinformatics and Galaxy training*. Attending a
S/DC TTT workshop would improve the training we already do.
- *The organizational and compute infrastructure supporting S/DC might
make an excellent model for the Galaxy Training Network*. S/DC has
embraced technologies like GitHub for storing, sharing, and maintaining
training materials and best practices. We can learn from their significant
experience to make GTN a much more vibrant community.
*But, Should We?*
However, before we put in the organizational effort (and funds) to make a
Train the Trainer workshop happen at GCC2016, we'd like to know what the
Galaxy Training community thinks of this proposal.
*1. Are S/DC techniques and training methods a good match for Galaxy
We'd especially like to hear from you if are a certified SC or DC
*2. Is the S/DC content a good match for the researchers that we train?*
We'd especially like to hear from anyone who has attended an S/DC workshop.
*3. Might the S/DC organizational and infrastructure make a good model for
*4. Would you likely attend a Train the Trainer workshop before GCC2016?*
The workshop would be in Bloomington, Indiana, most likely offered on
Thursday-Friday, June 23-24. Registration would likely be between US$200
and $300. (And no, that would not cover the costs - the workshop would be
subsidized by some combination of the project and the meeting.)
If and when we decide that this is a good idea, I'll start getting
everything arranged to make this happen. Ideally, we would have a decision
within a week or two.
After watching from afar, I decided to attend last year's GOBLET meeting in
Toronto. I was impressed enough with that meeting to argue that GTN should
become a member of GOBLET in 2015, and thanks to the contributions of 5 GTN
member organizations, GTN is now a member of GOBLET.
The 2015 GOBLET meeting will be in Cape Town in November. GTN will be
represented by Fourie Joubert of the University of Pretoria. Fourie is our
first GTN member in Africa and has been teaching bioinformatics with Galaxy
for several years.
I'd like to start a discussion about the issues that GTN cares about and
how we can help GOBLET, and how GOBLET can help us. Fourie can then raise
whatever issues we identify at the meeting.
If you have items for discussion, please post them to this thread. I'll
post something in the next day or two.
And many thanks to Hans-Rudolf Hotz and Björn Grüning for raising the
GTN/GOBLET 2015 question with me, and to Fourie for agreeing to represent
GTN at this meeting.