About Us

Data Carpentry is a lesson project within The Carpentries. Data Carpentry aims to teach fundamental concepts, skills and tools for working more effectively with data.

From astronomy to molecular biology, our increasing capacity to collect data is changing science. It allows us to ask questions that previously could not have been answered, and it changes the impact that science has on society. Although petabytes of data are now available, most scientific disciplines are failing to translate this sea of data into scientific advances. The missing step between data collection and research progress is a lack of training for researchers in crucial skills for effectively managing and analyzing large amounts of data.

Data Carpentry addresses this gap by teaching researchers the fundamental data skills they need to conduct their work. Our goal is to provide researchers high-quality, domain-specific training covering the full lifecycle of data-driven research. We teach hands-on workshops in data organization, management, and analysis to increase data literacy and improve research efficiency. Our domain-specific approach allows us to tailor the data, content, and tools to reflect the specific data and analysis needs of different areas. Domain specificity also allows us to build new skills on knowledge frameworks familiar to learners, and to motivate workshops using real scientific questions and data relevant to the learners’ field of study. This approach allows learners to see immediate value in the skills they are learning and to put new techniques immediately into practice.

A workshop can’t teach a researcher everything they need to know about data management and analysis, however it drastically reduces the barrier to entry and imparts the skills for continued learning and engagement. Our ultimate goal is to enable data-driven research in diverse disciplines by creating strong communities of data scientists and empowering them to conduct more innovative and effective research.

People

Our staff and our Executive Council are committed to furthering Data Carpentry’s goals of developing and providing training to enable data-driven discovery. Our people plan, learn, adapt and engage with the community of learners, developers and volunteer instructors to meet these goals.

Our Staff Our Executive Council

Governance

Data Carpentry is a fiscally sponsored project of Community Initiatives, a registered 501(c)3 non-profit based in California, USA. Tracy Teal is the Executive Director, and governance of the merged Carpentries is undertaken by an Executive Council which comprises four community-elected members and five appointed members drawn from the previous Steering Committees of Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry. The Carpentries project has dedicated staff.

Staff and Executive Council members are committed to ensuring that activities are welcoming and inclusive, and the organization and all its events and communications adhere to a Code of Conduct.

Funding and Support

For information about our current and past supporters, see Our Supporters.

References

For a list of papers, and other materials about Data Carpentry, see this page.