Workforce Development Co-chairs: Dan Ames and Stephanie Hampton.
September 10-11, 2013, Oakland Marriott City Center. The Workforce Development working group met concurrently with the Sustainability and Governance and Community Engagement workshops in order to leverage the many complementary areas of expertise and interest represented in this large group of participants [PDF].
Synopsis: Developing a workforce to engage in data-enabled science with sound software practices is essential to the scientific endeavor, with impacts ranging from transparency of the application of science in policy decisions to the efficiency of taxpayer dollars in its investments to achieve innovative scientific discoveries. There was strong consensus in the workforce development workshop that raising the basic skill level of domain scientists, broadly, is a critical need. Core competencies [PDF] ranged from basic command line programming and version control to best practices in data management and code parallelization for high-performance computing.