As some of you already know, some of us are involved in the organization of a docathon. Several of us will be meeting up to sprint on documentation or documentation-related projects at Berkeley, New York and Seattle.
If you are interested in joining us, either remotely or on campus, don't hesitate to join!
What's a Docathon? It's a week-long sprint where we focus our efforts on improving the state of documentation in the open-source and open-science world. This means writing better documentation, building tools, and sharing skills. Who’s this for?
Anyone who is interested in improving the understandability, accessibility, and clarity of software! This might mean developers with a particular project, or individuals who would like to contribute to a project. You don’t need to use a specific language (though there will be many Python and R developers) and you don’t need to be a core developer in order to help out.
Where can I sign up? Check out the Docathon website. You can sign up as a participant, suggest a project to work on, or sign up to host your own remote Docathon wherever you like. You don’t have to use a specific language - we’ll be as accommodating as possible! When is the Docathon? The Docathon will be held March 6 through March 10. For those coming to BIDS at UC Berkeley, on the first day we'll have tutorials about documentation and demos of documentation tools, followed by a few hours of hacking. During the middle of the week, we'll set aside a few hours each afternoon for hacking as a group at BIDS. On the last day, we'll have a wrap-up event to show off what everybody worked on. Where will the Docathon take place? There are a few docathons being held simultaneously, each with their own schedule. At Berkeley we'll have a physical presence at BIDS over the week, and we encourage you to show up for the hours we set aside for doc hacking. However, it is totally fine to work remotely; we will coordinate people via email/GitHub, too.
Where can I get more information?
Check out an updated schedule, list of tutorials, and more information at our website here: bids.github.io/docathon. Contact If you have any questions, open an issue on our GitHub repo. We look forward to hearing from you! Please feel free to forward this email to anyone who may be interested. We'd love for other institutions/groups to get involved.