This is the setup required to contribute to our Cookbook. It is presented in a recommended order, although the setup will depend on what workflow you already have, because there are different ways you can start working and contributing. You will need a GitHub account. You will be able to incorporate this setup into a local workflow (with JupyterLab, VS Code, RStudio, etc), and as you develop tutorials on the Cloud, you will need to get setup with our 2i2c JupyterHub.

This chapter describes initial setup, with workflows described in more detail in the next chapter. Note that you can also follow these instructions with a different GitHub repository if you’re interested in contributing to somewhere other than the Cookbook.

Create a GitHub Account

GitHub Clinic

Our GitHub Clinic introduces GitHub with the motivation of collaboration and open science. It is designed for both new and seasoned learners, focused on how to develop workflows with diverse teams. It provides a foundation of skills for how we work, learn, and teach together.

Video recordings

  • Part 1: Publishing (video), recorded as 19 minutes of lesson, cut for participants hands-on in breakout rooms, and 5 minutes of followup lesson.

  • Part 2: Project Management (video), recorded as 9 minutes of lesson, cut for participants hands-on in breakout rooms, and 5 minutes of followup lesson.

  • Part 3: 2i2c JupyterHub (video) introduces a beginning GitHub workflow from our 2i2c JupyterHub. It is recorded as 9 minutes of lesson.

Access JupyterHub

Our 2i2c JupyterHub is available for Mentors and their colleagues to develop, test, and teach. Please review our 2i2c Access Policies.

To request access, fill out this JupyterHub request form. You’ll need a GitHub username and will need to accept a GitHub Teams request to confirm access (internal).

Screenshots of logging in and starting a session are in Workshop Setup. Using the JupyterHub is described in 2021 Cloud Hackathon instructions: Jupyter notebooks.

Clone Cookbook from GitHub

Now clone our Cookbook and set the cloned repository as your current directory.

git clone
cd earthdata-cloud-cookbook
#| eval: false
git clone
cd earthdata-cloud-cookbook

Configure GitHub, with PAT

To configure your GitHub account in the 2i2c JupyterHub, follow these 2021 Cloud Hackathon instructions: setup PAT. These instructions are to setup your Hub’s PAT through Jupyter and will also set up credentials for RStudio users. However for RStudio-specific instructions (not specific to our 2i2c Hub) please also see Happy Git with R.

Sync from 2i2c (local) to GitHub (remote)

Ensure you can sync and practice the GitHub workflow. Here, “local” means the 2i2c Hub, but could also mean your local desktop software for Jupyter, VS Code, RStudio, etc.

Syncing to means 4 steps:

  1. Pull
  2. Stage
  3. Commit
  4. Push

This 9-minute video lesson, GitHub Clinic Part 3: 2i2c JupyterHub walks us through a GitHub workflow from our 2i2c JupyterHub including the 4 steps illustrated above.

Review the 2021 Cloud Hackathon instructions for step-by-step screenshots for syncing. RStudio users can follow R for Excel Users instructions.

Build Cookbook!

We use Quarto to build (“preview”) our Cookbook and publish it via GitHub. In the Terminal, your current directory should already be the cookbook (cd earthdata-cloud-cookbook). Type the following, which will open the Cookbook as a new tab in your browser:

quarto preview

Background: Quarto is a new open-source scientific and technical publishing system. It makes collaborating to create technical documentation streamlined because we work in plain text documents that can have executable code (Python, R) and are rendered using Jupyter and Knitr engines. Explore Quarto and use it hands-on in our separate Quarto Website Tutorial. Quarto is already installed in our JupyterHub.

Now you’re all set to contribute to the Cookbook! Read about how in the next chapter.