We are considering offering a Software Carpentry
/ Data Carpentry
*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.