By Aleksandra Pawlik, Training Lead.
After running Data Visualisation and Manipulation workshops at the British Science Festival, we decided to run more taster sessions for our training. On 10 September we ran parallel short workshops at the 5th Student Conference on Complexity Science, organised by the University of Southampton, at a beautiful location in Granada.
We covered version control with Git and an introduction to the command line. The taster sessions were based on the Software Carpentry materials and were fully hands-on, allowing the participants to try out the tools on their own machines. The command line module was taught by Jan Kim of The Pirbright Institute, and I ran the session on Git.
Both sessions were well received. The groups were smaller than those at the standard workshops which allowed the instructors to answer individual questions from the audience and discuss selected topics in more detail. For Jan, who is a relatively new Carpentry instructor, it was also a great opportunity to gain some experience in delivering Software Carpentry workshops.