Teaching Jupyter to people without computing experience

Very cool. I would love to hear more about what you are focused on doing. Binder (mybinder.org) could be a great place to get beginners started since you can run things without installing on a local computer.


Thanks! I work for an NREN and we are providing Jupyter Notebooks in our cloud environment, so the main focus is getting our users into cloud and storing their data there, then using the notebooks in that environment with the local data.

However, I do have instructions for Binder in the workshop, in case I have people who don’t have access to our cloud service, as we totally understand that people will use Jupyter Notebooks in lots of different places.

My domain expertise is in GLAM and I focus especially on researchers in the Arts & Humanities, and university librarians as my main audience.


Hi both, I moved your thread of conversation to a new topic to keep the “Introduce yourself” topic as a place that is only for introductions and doesn’t get “taken over” by discussions. Hope that is Ok. If the title isn’t super fitting please change it or if it requires an admin let me know and I’ll change it.


(this time not as Tim-the-admin)

What/who is NREN and GLAM?

Apologies - I’m trying to crack into a new world of jargon and forget I have jargon of my own!

GLAM = Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums aka collecting institustions/sector
NREN = National Research and Education Network - there’s a list of them here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_research_and_education_network


That’s great - thanks very much. Title works for me.


Hi Sara, I’d be very interested to see how you get along with this. I have a somewhat similar position, I took up a role as a learning technologist supporting Jupyter at the University of Edinburgh. I don’t have programming experience myself and sometimes have to showcase the service to people who aren’t experts. We’re looking at creating dashboards to explore library datasets or creating notebooks to allow text data mining of library collection documents to help non-experts interact with these datasets, exploring the idea of hiding the code initially. That part is still early days but happy to share whatever we create.


That’s great! Thanks! We have some pretty good stuff going on here with researchers learning how to do good things using the National Library of Australia’s API. After the first 3 hour workshop my idea is to run a follow-up that gets into some of the tasks you mention above.

I saw https://github.com/GLAM-Workbench/workshops in the mybinder.org statistics and though you might find it interesting. It is by https://twitter.com/wragge who has built a lot of other GLAM (now that I know it, using it all the time :wink: ) tools with notebooks.