About Us

The Carpentries project comprises Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry, communities of Instructors, Trainers, Maintainers, helpers, and supporters who share a mission to teach foundational computational and data science skills to researchers. The Carpentries subscribes to a shared Code of Conduct. In January, 2018, Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry merged their projects to form The Carpentries. This blog post provides some background.

You can donate to The Carpentries through this portal.

How is The Carpentries Managed?

The Carpentries 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.

What Information is Where?

What is common across both Carpentries - the Code of Conduct, assessment, governance, instructor training, our privacy policy - will be found through this site, while Software Carpentry or Data Carpentry-specific material, such as lessons, will remain on the individual Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry sites. We will increasingly post on the Carpentries blog, rather than to individual Carpentries blog sites.

What is a Carpentries Workshop?

Software Carpentry workshops or Data Carpentry workshops generally comprise two full days of face-to-face instruction, based on either Software Carpentry or Data Carpentry lesson materials, respectively.

Workshops are taught by volunteer Instructors. Certified Instructors comprise people who have completed our instructor training course. Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry lessons are all open source, and are hosted on GitHub. See our workshop checklists and FAQs.

Join Us!

Organisations are encouraged to join us as contributing members to support the work we do. We welcome new people to our community. We have many ways to engage, including The Carpentries Twitter feed, our Slack channel, subscribing to Carpentry Clippings, our twice-monthly newsletter, (see older issues), following our Facebook page, and by joining some of our email lists.

You can also follow the Software Carpentry or Data Carpentry Twitter feeds.


The Carpentries, while sounding plural, is a singular entity. Therefore, when referring to The Carpentries, verbs should also be singular, e.g. ‘The Carpentries is …‘. The correct title for the merged organisation is The Carpentries. However, you can use terminology such as ‘A Carpentries workshop …‘.