Sloan Foundation and Mozilla supercharge science on the web

Participants at a recent Software Carpentry workshop hosted by the Scripps Institute. Biologists learned effective computer science and web techniques for tasks like analyzing cancer data.

Today we’re extremely pleased to announce that the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has awarded a two-year grant to Mozilla to continue and expand our work on Software Carpentry, our program for empowering scientists with computer science and webmaking skills.

The goal: teach scientists the concepts, tools and techniques they need to use computers and the web to accelerate their research. In 2013, the program will offer an expanded set of workshops, online tutorials, and a new peer-to-peer mentoring program.

Digital literacy and webmaking for scientists

In the same way that Mozilla’s Webmaker program aims to move millions of people from using the web to making the web, Software Carpentry and our new Webmaking Science Lab will provide scientists with the tools they need to fully leverage the power of the web in their work.


Seeking a director for our new “Webmaking Science Lab”

To help advance these goals in 2013, we’re now seeking to hire a Director for our Webmaking Science Lab. “We’re looking for someone with a passion for open science, a keen understanding of the web as both a technology stack and a culture, and a desire to change the world,” says Greg Wilson, Software Carpentry’s Project Lead.

Mozilla is also offering a rotating three-month paid internship for a graduate student to help organize and run workshops, create new lessons and assess impact.

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