The event consisted of two parts. The first part was a two-day hackathon to create new and improve existing training materials for Data Carpentry. Another purpose of the hackathon was to introduce the concept, paradigms and models of teaching for Software and Data Carpentry to the representatives of the ELIXIR Nodes. As 11 Nodes were represented at the hackathon, the goal of spreading the knowledge about the Carpentry model of training to be then used to support ELIXIR training activities was achieved. The attendees of the workshop were Mateusz Kuzak and Philip Lijnzaad (representing ELIXIR NL), Diana Marek (ELIXIR CH), Hedi Peterson (ELIXIR EE), Damiano Piovesan, Andrea Manconi and Angel Corpuz (ELIXIR IT), Francois Sabot (ELIXIR FR), Gonçalo Antunes (ELIXIR PT), Vojtech Spiwok (ELIXIR CZ), Frederik Coppens (ELIXIR BE), Peter Juvan (ELIXIR SI), Maria Lehtivaara and Joona Lehtomäki (ELIXIR FI), Aleksandra Pawlik (ELIXIR UK).

 
The event was run by François Michonneau of the University of Florida who is an experienced Data Carpentry instructor and training materials contributor, and Aleksandra Pawlik from the Software Sustainability Institute at University of Manchester, who is also a member of both Software and Data Carpentry Steering Committees.
 
The first day of the hackathon started with introductory presentation about Data Carpentry given by Aleksandra. Then François provided a walk through the Software and Data Carpentry lesson template and discussed the licensing of the training materials. This was then followed by a discussion about collaborative lesson development which is one of the foundations of Software and Data Carpentry. It also provided an opportunity to look at the proposed ideas for the hackathon. The attendees could select to work on the suggested topics or introduce their own.
 
The further work during the hackathon the carried on in different teams who focused on developing new material or improving and enhancing the existing one. The projects covered during the hackathon included:
  • development of the dplyr module for the R lessons;
  • development of NGS data analysis lessons;
  • development of RNAseq data analysis using BRB Digital Gene Expression;
  • improvements on the shell lessons;
  • improvement of the spreadsheet lessons.
 
The hackathon was followed by a Data Carpentry workshop also hosted at the CSC IT Center for Science. The participants of the workshop were mainly based in Finland however there were a few researchers from Estonia. We started the workshop with the spreadsheet lessons which then were followed by the introduction to R. The second day of the workshop started with shell lessons. The participants had very diverse background - some never prorgammed and some had significant experience in writing source code. Delivering the shell lesson was also a challenge because the skills related to using command line also varied. The next part of the workshop covered structured data with SQL. The second day finished with the newly developed 'dplyr' module and some more advanced R features.
 
It was intense four days filled in with discussions, hands-on teaching and learning, knowledge sharing and discussing the usability of the Carpentry model for training in ELIXIR. The next event within the pilot project will be hosted by the Dutch Node on 22-25 June 2015 at the Utrecht University.
 
The hackathon and workshop in Finland would not have been possible with a lot of engagement, effort and help from the hosts: Tommi Nyrönen, Eija Korpelainen  and Ari-Matti Saren.
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Event date: 
Monday, March 16, 2015 (All day) to Thursday, March 19, 2015 (All day)
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CSC IT Center for Scienc
Finland