Hackathon for Information Management Code Registry

The Environmental Data Initiative will celebrate the opening of the Information Management Code Registry with a hackathon at UNM in Albuquerque, NM on June 12 – June 14, 2018.  All coders and wannabe coders who have at least some experience with R or Python and an interest in writing new code or contributing existing code to the Registry are invited to contact us. EDI will cover all travel, meal and lodging expenses. Monday, June 11th and Friday, June 15th are planned as travel days to and from Albuquerque.

The IM Code Registry is intended to live in the niche between publishable code packets and code snippets found in places like Stackoverflow. It will be a community maintained resource containing everything from example workflow code to programs with multiple functions that are generalized to be easily reused.  During this hackathon we will collaboratively develop code addressing common procedures that environmental information managers encounter when organizing, cleaning, manipulating, documenting, and archiving data sets.  The Code Registry will be implemented using Ontosoft (http://www.ontosoft.org/portals), which supports creating metadata to describe code. Through this hackathon, we aim to build a community that supports the idea of sharing code and enabling information managers to work more efficiently.

In this inaugural hackathon we will discuss organization of the repository, best practices for publishing code, and possible repository governance/maintenance approaches. There will be time to learn from each other while co-developing code specifically targeting the data cleaning process and QA/QC and archiving existing code that participants bring to the hackathon.

We aim to bring together 10 coders who represent a range of disciplines in the environmental sciences.

Interested? Then please apply by 31 March, 2018 through the application here.

Participation acceptance information: April 5, 2018.

Questions?  Please contact us at info@environmentaldatainitiative.org.