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The 1st RWTHjupyter Community Meeting

August 11th, 2021 | by
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The first RWTHjupyter community meeting took place on July 23, 2021 – establishing the foundation for the exchange between users, developers and operators of this interactive computing platform. The advantage promised by the community is to promote the service together in the interplay of interests and to organize the exchange between the people involved.

In a way, RWTHjupyter has been a community project from the very beginning. The status quo is a collaboration of different actors, namely the Institute for Automation of Complex Power Systems of RWTH Aachen University, the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology of RWTH Aachen University and the IT Center. It is therefore an inevitable consequence to extend this community to the users in order to further optimize the service.

Of course, the foundation of a new group always requires a collective self-image – so what is the RWTHjupyter community?
The RWTHjupyter Community includes all people within the context of RWTH who would like to use or contribute to the RWTHjupyter service. Therefore, everyone who belongs to this group of people is invited to participate in the exchange.

To represent the community, a board has been founded that acts as a mouthpiece for the members. The board and the community meet throughout the semester and exchange opinions, criticism and concepts. This exchange serves as inspiration in the further development of the service – and since we are currently still in the pilot phase, there is still a lot of potential in helping to shape it.

As mentioned at the beginning, the first of these exchanges took place at the first community meeting on July 23. After the members of the community board had introduced themselves, users presented their user cases – for example, how the learning platform is used in teaching at the Department of Computer Science 1 of the RWTH or the basic areas of electrical engineering.

In this context, the users were able to ask the developers concrete questions and the developers were able to gain an understanding of how the platform is used. In this exchange, open questions were addressed, clarified or formulated as suggestions for change.

Subsequently, the developers and the company provided insight into the technical underpinnings, such as the existing and planned interfaces between RWTHjupyter and RWTHmoodle. Further possible features, such as the administration of own Jupyter profiles in the Identity Management (IdM) Selfservice of the RWTH or the authentication via eduGain, in order to allow access to external users, were also presented.

Are you interested in becoming part of the RWTHjupyter community and exchanging ideas with other users and developers?
Then simply subscribe to the Jupyter mailing list. This list will also be used to distribute the invitations to the upcoming community meetings.


Responsible for the content of this article is Niklas Kunstleben.

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