The Carpentries Code of Conduct Committee

The Carpentries is dedicated to developing and empowering a diverse community of enthusiasts around computational methods for research and data science. To facilitate this, The Carpentries has established a Code of Conduct that governs behaviour within the community. The Code of Conduct committee was established to enforce the Code, and to manage any changes and updates to it.

Our Goal:
To maintain, update and enforce The Carpentries Code of Conduct (CoC).

Our Approach:
We do this by conducting meetings where we review current CoC issues. If a CoC violation is reported to us, we process that by following the Enforcement Manual.

Our Structure:
We have meetings as needed, and we have a private email list where code of conduct issues are discussed. We also have a private GitHub repo for internal discussion and organisation.

Our Leadership:
The structure of the committee is such that a community member is the Chair of the Committee. In addition, a staff member of The Carpentries is part of the committee as a staff liaison, and a member of the Executive Council (EC) is part of the committee as an EC liaison.

Contacting the Committee:
Please email your concerns to All correspondence will be treated in confidence.

Our Governance Structure: Please see the Code of Conduct Committee Governance document to find details on membership, onboarding, administration, positions, roles and responsibilities.

Current Committee Members

Malvika Sharan is the Incident Response Chair of the committee. She is the co-founder of Open Life Science and Community Manager of The Turing Way project. She became a Trainer with The Carpentries in 2015 while carrying out her Ph.D. research in bioinformatics. She hosts and teaches at multiple workshops in Europe. She engages with The Carpentries community by contributing to the mentoring program, instructor discussions and CarpentryCon+Connect Taskforce. She co-chaired the first CarpentryCon and counts it as one of the most rewarding experiences! Her motivation for participating in The Carpentries CoC stems from her passion for promoting inclusiveness and accessibility in science.

Karen Cranston is the Governance Chair of the committee. She is a computational evolutionary biologist working as an independent contractor from a farm in Ottawa, Canada. She has been involved with the Carpentries for many years, first as a Software Carpentry instructor, then as a founding board member of Data Carpentry, an instructor trainer, a member of The Carpentries merger commitee, and Chair of the first Executive Council of The Carpentries. Karen is the Executive Council liaison for the Committee.

Francois Michonneau is the Senior Director of Technology for The Carpentries, and serves as the core team liaison to the Code of Conduct Committee.

Masami Yamaguchi is the Executive Council liaison to the Code of Conduct Committee.

Karin Lagesen is a bioinformatician working at the Norwegian Veterinary Institute. Her time is spent building pipelines, teaching people how to analyze their data, and finding new and better ways of using bioinformatics for microbial surveillance. She was the chair of the CoC committee for 2 years, member of the Software Carpentry Steering Committee for three years, and is also an instructor trainer. Karin is part of this committee because she believes it is very important to ensure that The Carpentries is a safe and inclusive community.

Ivo Arrey is currently pursuing his PhD in Hydrology at the University of Venda, South Africa. He is also part of The Carpentries community at Memorial University, St John’s where he is a visiting scholar. His research interests include understanding and predicting hydrological fluxes in the subsurface by combining observations with models, associated tools and approaches. He has been involved with The Carpentries since 2016 by teaching and helping in a number of workshops and taking part in other community discussion forums. Ivo was also part of the inaugural CarpentryCon organizing committee and is a strong proponent for a safe and inclusive community.

Benjamin Schwessinger is biologist and independent group leader at the Australian National University where he focuses on studying the intricate biology of rust fungi. Benjamin is a long time advocate for open science and has been a member of eLife’s early career advisory group with a focus on “Reproducibility for Everyone” events. Benjamin has been involved actively with The Carpentries since 2018 mainly as trainer and learning aiming to transfer carpentries principles into the undergraduate curriculum. Equity and inclusive have been close to Benjamin’s early teens taking part in pro-asylum seekers and anti-facist actions. Next to The Carpentries CoC, he is also the chair of his departmental Equity & Diversity committee.

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