Our new initiative, TailorDev Commons, is co-organizing a Software Carpentry workshop with the Freiburg Galaxy Team. This event will be held at the University of Freiburg, in Germany, on March 9th-10th, 2017.

TailorDev Commons

TailorDev Commons

At TailorDev, we strongly believe that scientific research and its outputs should become again a common instead of being enclosed in data silos owned by giant publishers. This is the main reason why we are Open Science advocates and we spread the word about modern research good practices.

On a daily basis, when working with research labs, we help them to develop pretty good software to smooth their research workflows, and drive them to the open path. As we are a small company, our impact would be too limited if only restricted to our customers. Hence, we decided to save time for a new initiative with a (hopefully) deeper and faster impact: TailorDev Commons.

TailorDev Commons is the charity part of TailorDev, dedicated to knowledge sharing and the promotion of the Open Science initiative. Those two major aspects will be tackled by organizing workshops around the digital researcher’s toolbox (versioning systems, programming languages, etc.) and speaking in research entities. We are committed to performing just like if it would have been a paid contract: same energy, same motivation and same “professionalism”!

Our new initiative has already begun with different oral presentations in French universities as well as the preparation of our very first workshop under the Software Carpentry umbrella (see next section).

We are pretty excited to get more involved in this new activity! To be honest, we wish to dedicate as much time as our bank account allows. Now, if you share our motivation, why not write us an email to talk about the future workshop, round table or talk we will organize together? It is up to you :muscle:

Software Carpentry Workshop in Freiburg

A Software Carpentry workshop is hands-on two-day event that covers the core skills needed to be productive in a small research team. Short tutorials alternate with practical exercises, and all instruction is done via live coding. While we never ran a Software Carpentry workshop yet, we have gathered experience organizing events with Clermont’ech. With the combination of TailorDev skills and knowledge, that should be a promising event!

During this workshop, we will start with an introduction to UNIX (and Bash) in order to master Git, the version control system, which will be extensively covered during these two days. The second main topic will be an introduction to programming with the Python programming language (Day 2).

You do not need to have any previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop. If you have ever heard about Git or you know that Python is not only a snake, you are a good fit! Ideally, you want to learn about the topics covered in this workshop and you think that it might be useful for your research.

Everyone is welcome: PhD (students too), Profs, researchers in the Industry, and you. We are committed to making this workshop accessible to everybody. We have checked that the room is wheelchair / scooter accessible. Please contact us for further questions if you have special requirements. You are required to abide by Software Carpentry’s Code of Conduct though.

The Software Carpentry Foundation recommends to make the learners pay for attending a workshop in order to reduce the number of “no-shows”. We believe that it is a good idea but we do not want to make money an obstacle. We ask for 10 euros to cover coffee breaks and all expenses related to the organization of this workshop. The rest will be donated to the Software Carpentry Foundation. In addition, TailorDev will donate 200 USD to the Software Carpentry Foundation for this workshop (it might be not that much but we do our best).