Organising a collaborative online hackathon for cutting‐edge climate research

James Thomas*, Emma J. Stone, Dann M. Mitchell, William Seviour, Clair Barnes, Hannah Bloomfield, Julia Crook, Hayley Jones, Calum Macleod

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The 2021 Met Office Climate Data Challenge hackathon series provided a valuable opportunity to learn best practice from the experience of running online hackathons uniquely characterised by the challenges faced by climate data science in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, the University of Bristol CMIP6 Data Hackathon with over 100 participants from the United Kingdom highlights the advantages of participating in such events as well as lessons learned. A suggested methodology to structure, plan, promote and ensure longevity of the hackathon outputs is described ensuring smoother running of future events.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)221-226
Number of pages6
Issue number6
Early online date5 Apr 2022
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 5 Apr 2022
EventCMIP6 Data Hackathon - Online
Duration: 2 Jun 20214 Jun 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The 2021 Climate Data Challenge hackathon series, including the events hosted by Met Office Academic Partnership (MOAP) universities, was supported by the Met Office. We thank the JASMIN data analysis facility and team for providing support, computing services and access to the CMIP6 and other datasets via the CEDA Archive. We are also grateful for data science and administrative support provided by the Jean Golding and Cabot Institutes, University of Bristol.


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