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Software Carpentry Workshop

Last week on Thursday and Friday I helped run a Software Carpentry workshop in the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford.

This was organised by Research Reproducible Oxford (RROxford), a project of which I am member that aims to lay the groundwork for a culture of research reproducibility at the University. Historically, Software (and Data) Carpentry workshops run at Oxford University have required at least one, if not two, external instructors. One key aim of RROxford is therefore to make the Software and Data Carpentry workshops at the University self-sustainable in terms of instructors.

This workshop demonstrated that the project is bearing fruit, since we managed to fill all the instructor slots with people who started out as learners, then became helpers and finally trained as instructors, all within the University. (It also meant I could sit at the back and eat donuts).

By Philip Fowler

Philip W Fowler is a computational biophysicist studying antimicrobial resistance working at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

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