OSG Software Carpentry Workshop at University of Nebraska, Lincoln a Success

Another highly successful and well-attended joint OSG and Software Carpentry Workshop was held on January 6th-8th hosted by the Holland Computing Center at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln (UNL).  Over 40 people participated in this fourth training event in this format.  Non-local participants traveled from 4 different states in the surrounding region to attend the workshop.  The curriculum began with 2 days of intensive bootcamp-style Software Carpentry lessons covering the Unix Shell, Git, and Python, and concluded with a full day of hands-on OSG training.  Students learned the basics of how to submit OSG jobs, troubleshoot failed jobs, scale up to large workflows, as well as how to handle data and job dependencies.  

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 Photo courtesy Natasha Pavlovikj

Feedback from the event was overwhelmingly positive. Participants especially appreciated the hands-on exercises, well-constructed online lessons, and knowledgable and attentive helpers.  Workshop instructors and helpers included Emelie Harstad (UNL), Derek Weitzel (UNL), Mats Rynge (USC/ISI), Suchandra Thapa (UC), Natasha Pavlovikj (UNL), David Swanson (UNL), Adam Caprez (UNL), and William McClung (NWU).

– Emelie Harstad