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💻 Coding Help Desk

This is the official website of the Coding Help Desk at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) 2019 Fall Meeting. You can tag this event using #codinghelpdesk and #agu19 on all the social medias.


📝 Description

Coding is becoming an increasingly important skill for geophysicists interested in data science and Big Data. However, it can be tough to know where to start, know how to get help, and find others who are interested in developing coding skills. The Coding Help Desk is meant to be a drop-in spot where anyone can come by to ask coding questions (any programming language), learn skills to help them with their research, and connect with fellow AGU members who are passionate about coding. The Coding Help Desk will also feature a series of coding and data management demos.

☎️ General Contact Information

Please contact Sheila Saia at ssaia at ncsu dot edu if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions. Feel free to see our list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) below.

Hours of Operation

Coding Help Desk

Stop by to ask our volunteers for help with your code or for more information on coding best practices.

Day Time Location Volunteers Coding Help Available Number of Attendees
Tues, Dec 10 10am-12pm Career Center Moscone South LL 5-6 Sam Zipper, Maria Elena Orduña Alegria, Sheila Saia GAMA, Netlogo, Python, R #
Weds, Dec 11 10am-12pm Career Center Moscone South LL 5-6 Sharad Kumar Gupta, Justine Neville, Colin Smith MATLAB, Python, R #
Weds, Dec 11 1pm-2:30pm Exhibit Hall Booth #1329 (ESIP) Emine Fidan, Heather Kropp, Danica Schaffer-Smith R, Google Earth Engine Javascript API #
Thur, Dec 12 10am-12pm Career Center Moscone South LL 5-6 Joe Shannon, Chinmay Deval, Xiangmin (Sam) BASH, Python, R #
Thur, Dec 12 1pm-2:30pm Exhibit Hall Booth #1329 (ESIP) Kathe Todd-Brown, Lise Montefiore, Sadegh Sadeghi-Tabas MATLAB, R #

Demos

Besides getting help at the Coding Help Desk, AGU attendees are welcome to attend short (10 minute) demonstrations (i.e., "demos") presented by their peers. This is a great way to learn about new coding tools and best practices.

Day Time Location Presenter Demo Title Number of Attendees
Tues, Dec 10 9:30-9:40am Career Center Theater Moscone South LL 5-6 Sam Zipper Organizing Data and Code for Reproducibility #
Tues, Dec 10 9:45-9:55am Career Center Theater Moscone South LL 5-6 Lise Montefiore Basic GIS in R #
Weds, Dec 11 9:30-9:40am Career Center Theater Moscone South LL 5-6 Natalie Nelson Publication-ready Graphics with ggplot2 #
Weds, Dec 11 9:45-9:55am Career Center Theater Moscone South LL 5-6 Jianghao Wang Creating Interactive Documents with MATLAB Live Scripts #
Thur, Dec 12 12-12:10pm Career Center Theater Moscone South LL 5-6 Aycan Hacioglu Creating Interactive Documents with MATLAB Live Scripts #
Thur, Dec 12 12:15-12:25pm Career Center Theater Moscone South LL 5-6 Vinit Sehgal Spatial Data Visualization in R #

🙌 Partners

The following organizations have committed to supporting the Coding Help Desk:

✒️ Volunteer Sign-Up

Coding Help Desk Sign-Up

If you're interested in volunteering with the Coding Help Desk, please fill out this Goolge form. The form will close on December 1, 2019 but you're welcome to stop by during code desk hours to help if you didn't sign-up before that date.

Demos Sign-Up

If you're interested in presenting a demo, please fill out this Goolge form. The form will close on December 1, 2019.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. I keep getting error messages when I run some code that I need to finish my research. I'm really stuck. Is this a place where I can get help?

    Yes, please come by during our hours of operation (see schedule above) and we will do our best to help you through your coding issues.

  2. I ❤️ coding and am looking to meet other people that feel the same. Is this place right for me?

    We (the volunteers) also ❤️coding and are always looking to make new friends in the coding community. Please stop by and chat about coding amazingness with us.

  3. How do I sign-up to volunteer as a tutor at the Coding Help Desk?

    If you're interested in volunteering, please fill out this Goolge form. The form will close on December 1, 2019 but you're welcome to stop by during code desk hours to help if you didn't sign up before that date.

  4. How do I sign-up to present a demo with the Coding Help Desk?

    If you're interested in presenting a demo, please fill out this Goolge form. The form will close on December 1, 2019.

  5. I'm interested in helping to spread the word about the Coding Help Desk. How can I help with this?

    Please send an email to Sheila at ssaia at ncsu dot edu and let her know that you're interested in spreading the word about the Coding Help Desk. She'll send along a flier that you can share with others

  6. I've never heard of this event at the AGU Fall Meeting. How did the Coding Help Desk get started?

    The AGU 2018 Fall Meeting in Washington, DC marked the first year of the Coding Help Desk. Sheila Saia and Sam Zipper started it in hopes of building a tight-knit coding community within AGU. Coding skills are becoming increasingly important for geophysicists in the age of "Big Data". Connecting with other AGU members, whether they are beginner or expert coders, can help advance coding training and effective use of coding tools for geoscience applications.

  7. I'm a coding whiz but could really use some data management and data sharing help. Can you help me?

    Some of us might be comfortable answering these questions but a better bet is for you to visit our friends over at Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) or MATLAB (AGU 2019 Exhibitor Hall Booth #1325)! ESIP is hosting a Data Help Desk at AGU 2019. They'll offer one-on-one data management help as well as data management and literacy workshops that are open to all AGU attendees. To learn more about the Data Help Desk, please visit this site. MATLAB expert, Loren Shure, will also be helping with data access and management at the MATLAB booth (AGU 2019 Exhibitor Hall Booth #1325), which is right next to the ESIP booth.

  8. (Anything we forgot? Please submit a GitHub pull request or email Sheila at ssaia at ncsu dot edu to add another FAQ.)

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