9-10 May 2017
EPCC
Europe/London timezone

For full information about this course including

  • timetable
  • sylabus
  • setup requirements

please visit the Software Carpentry Course page

General Information

Software Carpentry aims to help researchers get their work done in less time and with less pain by teaching them basic research computing skills.

This workshop is hosted by EPCC, Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre, and organised in collaboration by ARCHER, the Software Sustainability Institute, and UoE Research Data Service.

ARCHER, the UK's national supercomputing service, offers training in software development and high-performance computing to scientists and researchers across the UK. As part of our training service we are running a two-day Data Carpentry workshop.

The Software Sustanability Institute's mission is to cultivate better, more sustainable, research software to enable world-class research (better software, better research). Software is fundamental to research: seven out of ten UK researchers report that their work would be impossible without it.

The Research Data Service is a suite of tools and support for University staff and students to aid them in data management planning, working with data, sharing and preserving their data, and re-skilling. It is delivered by a virtual team spanning across a number of sections of Information Services including EDINA and Data Library, Library & University Collections, IT Infrastructure, User Services, and the Digital Curation Centre.

This hands-on workshop will cover basic concepts and tools, including program design, version control, data management, and task automation. Participants will be encouraged to help one another and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems.

For more information on what we teach and why, please see our paper "Best Practices for Scientific Computing".

Who: The course is aimed at graduate students and other researchers. You don't need to have any previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop.

Where: Room 3217, James Clerk Maxwell Building, Peter Guthrie Tait Road, Edinburgh, EH9 3FD. Get directions with OpenStreetMap or Google Maps.

Requirements: Participants must bring a laptop with a Mac, Linux, or Windows operating system (not a tablet, Chromebook, etc.) that they have administrative privileges on. They should have a few specific software packages installed (listed below). They are also required to abide by Software Carpentry's Code of Conduct.

Accessibility: We are committed to making this workshop accessible to everybody. The workshop organisers have checked that:

  • The room is wheelchair / scooter accessible.
  • Accessible restrooms are available.

Materials will be provided in advance of the workshop and large-print handouts are available if needed by notifying the organizers in advance. If we can help making learning easier for you (e.g. sign-language interpreters, lactation facilities) please get in touch and we will attempt to provide them.

Contact: Please email g.peru@epcc.ac.uk, support@archer.ac.uk for more information.

Starts
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Europe/London
EPCC
3217
The University of Edinburgh James Clerk Maxwell Building Mayfield Road Edinburgh EH9 3JZ
This course is part-funded by the PRACE project and is free to all. Please register using the online form. If you have any questions, please consult the course forum page or contact epcc-support@epcc.ed.ac.uk. Information about how to find the James Clerk Maxwell Building (JCMB) can be found on the School of Physics and Astronomy website. Note that parking on the King's Buildings campus is by permit only, and that parking just outside on Mayfield Road is restricted before 09:15 and after 16:30 - and cars will be removed (with a hefty fee payable to get your car back) if parked there during the restricted times. Unrestricted free parking is available on nearby Hallhead Road, Ross Road, Blackbarony Road and Gordon Terrace to the east of the campus, and along the north side of the campus on West Mains Road. A number of B&Bs and hotels can be found approximately 10 minutes' walk from EPCC, including: * Smiths' Guest House, 77 Mayfield Road, Edinburgh EH9 3AA * Mayfield Lodge Guest House, 75 Mayfield Road, Edinburgh EH9 3AA * Highfield Guest House, 83 Mayfield Road, Edinburgh EH9 3AE * Lauderville Guest House, 52 Mayfield Road, Edinburgh EH9 2NH * Glenisla Hotel, 12 Lygon Road, Edinburgh EH16 5QB * Glendale House Guest House, 5 Lady Road, Edinburgh EH16 5PA There is also the Travelodge Cameron Toll, 43 Craigmillar Park, Edinburgh EH16 5PD. Note that the room price does not include breakfast.
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