Are workshops free for hosts?

The Software Carpentry Foundation charges  an administration fee for workshops that it helps arrange. This money is used to cover central costs such as instructor training and curriculum development. There is no fee for workshops that host sites arrange on their own, and we encourage organizations to do this.

For Data Carpentry, self-organized workshops are free if your university or organization is a  Partner of Data Carpentry or a current Partner or Affiliate of the Software Carpentry Foundation

For non-affiliated organizations, the cost for self-organized Data Carpentry workshops is either $500 (paid directly by the organization) or $25/participant (paid by the participant when registering). This fee helps cover the central costs that keep Data Carpentry running, including infrastructure, instructor training and continued lesson development. The flat fee can be paid directly using a credit card or can be invoiced. The per participant fee can be set up as part of the registration form.

If your organization or your learners cannot afford these fees, waivers are available to certified instructors. We never want a lack of funds to prevent researchers from learning these crucial skills and since our instructors volunteer their time, we don’t want to get in their way when they want to teach. Please keep in mind, though, that the long-term sustainability of Data Carpentry depends on support from the learners and organizations that benefit from this training.

Waiver requests and fees are handled through the  self-organized workshop request form.