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6M.5.FULLSTACKS: Plan for additional user training and engagement

Copper and Helium


Expand on the 5M draft proposal integrating feedback from the fullstacks for creating a training program geared towards outreach and community engagement.

What they achieved

Copper delivered a plan to create and grow a training program that will first engage with relatively expert potential users, identify ambassadors among those users, and then help ambassadors organize and run local training events. The key to this program lies in building a training cadre of invested junior researchers who see the Data Commons as part of their path forward into data science and biomedical research.

The core plan centers around building a training program on the model of the Carpentries (formerly Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry), a global training organization that runs short courses for active researchers.

Why is this valuable?

Sustainability is critical for the long term viability of the Data Commons. For that reason it is very important to onboard users early and to encourage engagement and feedback. This training program would provide a steady stream of feedback, bug reports, and user enhancement requests through it's skilled and dedicated trainers and users.