The hackathon consisted of two days during which the participants representing 10 ELIXIR Nodes worked on Data Carpentry training materials. The first day started with the introduction to Data and Software Carpentry teaching model. This was then followed by a review and discussion on the existing materials. The participants made suggestions about the possible improvements for the existing materials and new topics to be developed. The overall theme of the hackathon was "genomics" and hence the participants could base their work on the existing contents for teaching genomics in Data Carpentry. Eventually three groups were formed:

  • Group 1 which worked on creating training materials on using ELIXIR Cloud resources.
  • Group 2 which worked on a decision tree for using cloud computing.
  • Group 3 which worked on different aspects of understanding how to use one's data for genomics. In particular the group worked on describing the file formats, file manipulation, pipelines integration, post-assembly - de novo RNA Transcriptome Analysis, handling blast annotation output and verifying data.

The hackathon was facilitated by Karthik Ram (University of Berkeley, rOpenSci, Data Carpentry) and Aleksandra Pawlik (University of Manchester, Software Sustainability Institute). After the hackathon Karthik and Aleksandra then taught a 2-day Data Carpentry workshop. It was the first Data Carpentry workshop in Netherlands. 30 students registered to attend it. All of them were from life science research area. The workshop covered the standard Data Carpentry curriculum. One module was added at the end of the second day. This module covered using ELIXIR Cloud resources and was the first time the materials created during the hackathon were used for actual teaching.

The whole event received positive feedback and on the overall this Pilot Project appears to have a great reception within ELIXIR. The Slovenian and Belgian Node are running workshops this year and it is likely that other will follow soon.

Event date: 
Monday, June 22, 2015 (All day) to Thursday, June 25, 2015 (All day)
University of Utrecht