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For the last four years, NeSI has hosted a successful and increasingly popular Science Coding Conference, initially with a strong programme focus on the Crown Research Institutes (CRIs) and their national organisation Science NZ. It would seem 2020 is a year of change, so along with hosting a free and online version of

On May 26, 25 members of the New Zealand Carpentries community gathered to touch base online. This was the second NZ-focused Carpentries community event of the year (see a recap of our first event here) and was a chance for attendees to get a feel for what their fellow Carpentries community members are up to, especially following the disruption of COVID-19 lockdown in NZ.

On 28 May, 2020, NeSI Apps Support team member Callum Walley and University of Auckland data scientist Eirian Perkins delivered a training webinar on Git fundamentals. The pair summarised the benefits of using a version control tool and shared the core concepts and commands researchers should know to get started with Git and GitHub. Specifically, this webinar covered: 

As researchers across the country adjust to new ways of working under Alert Level 3, NeSI's HPC platform, Data Transfer platform, and team members continue to remain available to support research projects.

Over the last seven months, NeSI’s Dini Senanayake and Genomics Aotearoa’s Ngoni Faya have been paving the way for genomics researchers in NZ looking to upskill. In 2019 they ran nine Genomics workshops in six cities/towns and had high hopes for delivering even more in 2020. 

Please join us in welcoming the newest member to the NeSI team!Attribution:  

Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research are in the final stages of bringing online their Globus endpoint, which will see them join NeSI's National Data Transfer Platform and enable enhanced capabilities for their researchers. This development has been the result of a truly collaborative effort across the teams of NeSI, Manaaki Whenua (MWLR), and REANNZ.

On 21 April, 2020, University of Otago postdoctoral researcher and training fellow Murray Cadzow collaborated with NeSI to deliver a training webinar on RMarkdown. He summarised the benefits of using a tool like RMarkdown to generate computationally reproducible analyses and demonstrated some RMarkdown features researchers may want to investigate if they are interested in increasing the sustainability of their work. Specifically, this webinar covered: 

This following article was written by Daniel S. Katz, Michelle Barker, Paula Andrea Martinez, Hartwig Anzt, Alejandra Gonzalez-Beltran, and Tom Bakker. 

On 26 March, 2020, ESR researcher Joep de Ligt collaborated with NeSI to deliver a training webinar on genomics workflows. He summarised the benefits of adopting a workflow practice and demonstrated what an effective CWL (Common Workflow Language) workflow can look like. Attendees learned how workflows can help with: