Past Meetup

SGV Linux Users Group - Data Carpentry and Open Science

This Meetup is past

46 people went

Every 2nd Thursday of the month

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The wonderful folks at OpenX are hosting this meeting, and they are also providing pizza. We need to provide a list of names to building security. RSVPs will be capped at 60. Contact Lan if you have questions.

NOTE: RSVPs are closed so we can print out the sign in sheet. Walk-ins are welcome.


We will be socializing until 7:30am and then we'll do our usual LUG announcements and Linux in the News and talk about last weekend's Southern California Linux Expo. Presentations usually start at 8pm.

We will be doing fundraising at this meeting. See Meetup comments for details.

The presentation is actually a class, so please bring a fully charged laptop and prepare to follow along with the lesson. OpenX has guest wifi. Installation instructions and lesson outline are posted here (look for the PDF and CSV files): .

Please make sure you download and run OpenRefine on your laptop. Gail recommends openrefine-2.6-rc.2


The open science movement calls for open sharing of research findings and greater trust, transparency, and reuseability in making claims and reporting results. A researcher-to-researcher training community known as Carpentry (Software Carpentry, Data Carpentry, and others) has emerged to prepare researchers to practice open science using more open and collaborative practices; open source tools; and openly licensed and distributed methods, data, code.

In this program, the Head of Research Services at the Caltech Library will describe the Carpentry movement; illustrate how lesson development and delivery takes place; and lead participants through a sample interactive lesson from Data Carpentry.


Gail P. Clement ( ) is a Library Administrator and science research librarian who serves as Head of Research Services at the Caltech Library. She leads a team of subject librarians, repository, metadata and licensing specialists who develop knowledge management resources, publishing services, and authorship programs for the Caltech community. In this role she also represents Caltech Library on the Organizational Advisory Assembly for the Research Data Alliance, the Committee on Publication Ethics, and the Overleaf Steering Committee. She is a certified Data Carpentry Instructor, specializing in research data cleaning and enhancement; data sharing; and citation and publication of all research outputs.

As Coordinator of Author Carpentry - a researcher training program in 21st century authorship and publishing - Gail collaborates with developers and researchers to create practical, hands-on, and useful lessons in responsible, reproducible, and reuseable research publication. Author Carpentry builds on a pilot lesson from Software Carpentryon Scientific Authorship. Author Carpentry workshops are offered at Caltech and through professional groups such as the CODATA-RDA Summer School in Research Data Science and the Association for Artificial Intelligence 2017 Tutorial Forum.

Gail's professional leadership includes membership on the Research Data Alliance-CODATA Legal Interoperability of Research Data Interest Group, mentoring researchers from developing nations via AuthorAid; and service on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication (JLSC) where she co-edited the 2015 special issue on data sharing, data publication, and data citation. She also serves on the License Review Committee and the Scholarly Communication Taskforce of the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium


OpenX is located in the One West Bank building @ 888 E Walnut St. Pasadena CA, 91101. Entrances to the building are eastbound on Walnut, right hand side before the Lake St. intersection or southbound on Lake St. right hand side after the Walnut St. intersection. Once through the driveway, please park in the 888 Lot that has the OpenX logo displayed out front. Pull a ticket and bring it with you to the Meetup, we will validate your parking.


SGVLUG is one of the oldest and most active Linux User Groups in the Greater Los Angeles area. In addition to Linux, the group also shares interests in other free and open source software, all forms of technology, and the discussion of issues that arise with the these new tools, such as privacy rights. SGVLUG attracts members from throughout LA County including Pasadena, Glendale, Burbank, and eastward throughout the San Gabriel Valley. Our members include software developers, system administrators, hardware engineers, and software users of all levels of experience. Many work in the technology field as employees, contractors or consultants, and enjoy the learning and networking opportunities available from the group. We also have many members that volunteer their time and skills at various local events, including the annual Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE).