This project started in the Mozilla Open Leaders Cohort 6 and I’m excited for it to move to the Carpentries Incubator. I’m building an open curriculum to teach researchers to release their python code in ways that better support repeatability and collaboration. In the Carpentries Incubator I hope that this material is more findable and that new contributors feel welcome to join the development.
The lesson design follows the Carpentries style: learner centric, accessible and delivered with participatory live coding.
The lesson teaches concepts of project organization, packaging, environments, documentation, and publishing. These are topics that many researchers won’t know: whether self-taught or focused on theory, these very practical aspects are not learned.
I hope my curriculum can more research code be released in a reusable form. At leas in my area of machine learning, much of the research code that is released is a set scripts that make it easy to reproduce a paper’s result, but make it hard to compare that result to a newer technique or apply a method to a new dataset. To get there, I aim to fill a gap in training researchers with minimal practices they can adopt without requiring learning too many specialized tools. I found that a lot of documentation and tools for these concepts focus on bigger software projects and I think data analysis projects have slightly different nature and deserve their own support in the form of tutorials and conventions.
To date, I’ve built out an outline with learning objectives and started filling in some activities. I ran one pilot of the workshop in March 2019. I would welcome more activities and examples to use in the workshop and more thoughtful conversation about what a minimal set of open source practices for this purpose could look like. There are a number of tagged issues and places where I had an idea for an exercise, but have not developed it fully, marked with FIXME in the repo. Some have additional notes as comments that only show when looking at the files offline or by clicking ‘Raw’ or ‘edit’ on Github in a browser.