Scott C Ritchie, Damien Irving, David Flanders
Programming is increasingly becoming an essential skill for researchers in the life sciences. However, most scientists doing bioinformatics receive no formal training in programming, inhibiting both research efficiency and reproducibility. Software Carpentry is a volunteer organisation whose goal is to make scientists more productive, and their work more reliable, by teaching them basic programming skills through intensive two-day workshops (bootcamps). In this session we will discuss the Software Carpentry philosophy and reflect on our experiences running bootcamps for bioinformaticians in the Melbourne region.
Presented at InCoB 2014 special session on Bioinformatics Education and Training: http://incob2014.org