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Good enough research practices for scientific computing






  • Introduction 13:40-13:55 (15 mins)
  • Data management 13.55-14.30 (35 mins)
  • Software 14.30-15.05 (35 mins)
  • Collaboration 15.05-15.30 (25 mins)
  • Break 15.30-15.45
  • Project organization 15:45-16.05 (20 mins)
  • Keeping track of changes 16.05-16.30 (25 mins)
  • Manuscripts (optional)
  • Wrap up and feedback 16.30-16.45 (15 mins)


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Discussion: research computing rights and wrongs

What can go wrong in research computing?

Wh at can go right in research computing?
## D ata management
## # Discussion: Data management problems

Exercise: Backing up your data

Tag with G for good and B for bad:

  • Commercial cloud service
  • In-house cloud service
  • USB pen-drive
  • External hard-drive
  • My laptop
  • My workstation’s hard-disk
  • Network drive

Discussion: which file formats do you store data in?

## # Discussion with partner: analysis friendly data
## # Exercise: which of these are good code comments?
*D is cuss with your neighbour and vote with + beside ones you think are good.*
- - - - - - - - - - “t fi fi ou da fu fu da ex al his function reads a file” le name le type tput type te nction author nction version ta columns or other properties pected file path / address (for example a specific directory or web address) l of the above
## C ollaboration
## # Discussion in groups
- - - Gr Gr Gr oup 1: How does collaboration help in scientific computing? oup 2: What goes wrong with collaboration? oup 3: How can you prepare to collaborate?
## # Discussion: what information belongs in a project README?

Project organization

Discussion in groups: what goes wrong?

## # Ex er cise: file organization by directory
## # Di sc ussion: what should be documented when you change something?

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