Community Overview

The Carpentries works to help institutions and individuals spread skills for data analysis, computational thinking, and research software development through building local and global communities of practice.

We do this through:


Carpentry Instructors are the core of our community. Instructors organise and teach Carpentry workshops to spread data literacy and programmatic skills both locally and globally. Members of our Instructor community work together to actively grow their instructional and technical skills. Becoming an Instructor is a great step to leveling-up your own technical skills and helps you to become a more effective technical communicator.

Instructor Development

Instructor development is how our global instructors come together to support each other and develop new teaching and technical skills. We create an open and inviting environment through community discussions and project-based small group mentoring.

Mentoring Groups

Mentoring Groups support instructors in a variety of ways. Whether you are a new instructor preparing to teach your first workshop, a seasoned instructor hoping to launch workshops in a new community, or an instructor excited about getting involved with lesson development and maintenance, mentoring groups will help you gain the confidence, technical skills, and teaching skills you need to reach your goal.

Instructor Development Committee

The Instructor Development Committee supports Instructors as they progress through training, teaching, curriculum development, and other community-related activities. They help promote community-building and networking, by providing virtual spaces where instructors from all over the world can share teaching success stories and discuss teaching strategies.


The Trainer community is a group of experienced Instructors, local champions, and education specialists who inspire and prepare new Instructors. They work as a team to maintain and teach the instructor training curriculum. They also host teaching demonstration sessions to provide vital feedback as prospective Carpentries Instructors prepare to join the community. They showcase and embody the enthusiasm and conduct of our community as they prepare new instructors. Becoming a Trainer lets you scale your impact - sharing your own passion, experience, and enthusiasm with the next generation of The Carpentries Instructors.


The Carpentries Maintainers work with the community to make sure that lessons stay up-to-date, accurate, functional and cohesive. Maintainers monitor their lesson repository, make sure that pull requests and issues are addressed in a timely manner, and participate in the lesson development cycle including lesson releases. They endeavor to be welcoming and supportive of contributions from all members of the community. This community of practice is a great place to learn to collaborate effectively in Git and GitHub.

Lesson Infrastructure

Members of the Lesson Infrastructure Committee serve as Maintainers for The Carpentries lesson template and its documentation, as well as for The Carpentries workshop template.

Curriculum Advisors

Curriculum Advisors provide high-level guidance on the overall structure of a particular curriculum, including which tools will be taught and which dataset(s) will be used for the lessons. They bring domain-specific expertise to lesson development and help ensure that lesson stay up to date with advances in technology. Being a Curriculum Advisor is a great way to keep up-to-date about changes in your field and network with other domain experts in The Carpentries community. We are not currently seeking new members to the Curriculum Advisory Committees.

Data Carpentry CAC
Software Carpentry CAC
Library Carpentry CAC

Lesson Developers

The Carpentries community is commited to a collaborative and open process for lesson development and to sharing teaching materials. We provide two avenues for community members to share lesson materials.

The Carpentries Incubator is for Carpentries community members to share Carpentries-style teaching materials at all stages of development, to receive feedback from other community members. These lessons are not officially endorsed by The Carpentries. Read more information about contributing to The Carpentries Incubator.

The CarpentriesLab is for sharing peer-reviewed lessons, vetted by the The Carpentries. We are not currently accepting submissions for these lessons.

Those looking for ways to contribute to existing lesson material can find a list of issues in need of attention on the Help Wanted page.

Assessment Network

The Assessment Network is a community for those working on assessment within the open source/research computing space to collaborate and share resources. The network meets quarterly to discuss best practices and share resources.


Carpentry Champions meet quarterly to discuss ways in which they can help support the growth of existing communities and attract new communities to building digital skills capacity at research organisations around the world. Come and learn from senior community leaders and get support as you work to build your own local community.

Regional Coordinators

Regional Coordinators are the front face of The Carpentries, promoting our work and our culture in their geographical area. They manage workshop logistics, communicate with hosts and Instructors, and respond to general inquiries. They work together to support each other and ensure communities can thrive locally while maintaining quality and consistency globally.

Code of Conduct Committee

The Carpentries is a community-led project. We are committed to creating a friendly and respectful place for learning, teaching and contributing. The Code of Conduct Subcommittee handles reported code of conduct violations and works to keep our community welcoming for all.

Carpentries en Latinoamérica

This group works to build a sustainable and active community in Latin America.

Spanish Translators Team

The Spanish Translators Team translates and maintains Spanish-language lessons for The Carpentries lesson programs. They are a part of The Carpentries en Latinoamérica group.

The Carpentries in Africa

The Carpentries Instructor community in Africa is growing, with over a hundred certified instructors in 2018!


The Carpentries hosts CarpentryCon, a community-organised meeting for our global community. CarpentryCon 2018 was held from 30 May to 1 June in Dublin, Ireland and was a great success. If you are interested in helping to organise the next CarpentryCon, contact The Carpentries.

A global CarpentryCon will be held every two years, with locally organised CarpentryConnect events held in the off years.


Community events

There are many opportunities to join community meetings, subcommittees and debriefing sessions. Find links to them on this Etherpad, and subscribe to the calendar below to watch all that is going on throughout our community.

Community Calendar goes here