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F1000Res. 2017 Jul 3;6. pii: ELIXIR-1040. doi: 10.12688/f1000research.11718.1. eCollection 2017.

Developing a strategy for computational lab skills training through Software and Data Carpentry: Experiences from the ELIXIR Pilot action.

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New Zealand eScience Infrastructure, Auckland, 1061, New Zealand.
ELIXIR-Netherlands, Dutch Techcentre for Life Sciences (DTL), Utrecht, 3511, Netherlands.
ELIXIR-UK, Software Sustainability Institute UK, School of Computer Science, University of Manchester, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK.
ELIXIR-Switzerland, SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, Lausanne, 1015, Switzerland.
ELIXIR-Finland, CSC - IT Center for Science, Espoo, 02101, Finland.
Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology, Utrecht, 3584, Netherlands.
ELIXIR-UK, Oxford e-Research Centre, Oxford University, Oxford, OX1 3QG, UK.
ELIXIR-UK, Earlham Institute, Norwich, NR4 7UZ, UK.


Quality training in computational skills for life scientists is essential to allow them to deliver robust, reproducible and cutting-edge research. A pan-European bioinformatics programme, ELIXIR, has adopted a well-established and progressive programme of computational lab and data skills training from Software and Data Carpentry, aimed at increasing the number of skilled life scientists and building a sustainable training community in this field. This article describes the Pilot action, which introduced the Carpentry training model to the ELIXIR community.


IT and computational skills; Life sciences; bioinformatics; capacity building; data analysis; data carpentry; software carpentry; training

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