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Hackathon-driven tutorial development

Abstract : Software is essential for data science. However, several software tools remain out of reach for many users due to a lack of documentation, thus limiting progress in the field. Tutorial development by authors and users can greatly improve a tool's accessibility and accelerate its adoption. In this article, we explore hackathons such as hackseq as a venue for authors and users to develop tutorials to address the lack of documented software. We describe four advantages of hackathon-driven tutorial development as well as three challenges that we faced. We also discuss our experience with remote participation. In short, if properly prepared, hackathons can provide a productive venue for assembling a group of passionate people, including remote participants, to develop a suite of related tutorials and address the growing need for accessible software.
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Bruno Grande, Arjun Baghela, Anna Cavalla, Florian Privé, Peter Zhang, et al.. Hackathon-driven tutorial development. F1000Research, Faculty of 1000, 2018, 7, pp.1974. ⟨10.12688/f1000research.16959.1⟩. ⟨hal-02272044⟩



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