Project Description

Ms Amanda Miotto

Griffith University & QCIF

Hacky Hours – communities to learn and build data science

Getting started with bioinformatic software

Friday 5 July 2019

Amanda Miotto is a Senior eResearch Analyst and Software Developer for Griffith University and QCIF. She started in the field of Bioinformatics and learnt to appreciate the beauty of science before discovering the joys of coding. She is also heavily involved in Software Carpentry, Hacky Hours and ResBaz, and has developed on platforms around HPC, microscopy & scientific database portals.

Researchers starting their journey through data science often have an ambiguous path to follow. While online data science classes are plentiful, it can be challenging for researchers, who have often never seen programming code before, to know where to start or how apply methods to their own data.

In Queensland, many of the universities, including UQ, Griffith, QUT USQ and JCU, have been supporting these researchers by running ‘Hacky Hours’; an open session where researchers can meet research software engineers and other researchers doing similar work to share knowledge, ask questions freely and come together to work on projects in a friendly environment.

Hacky Hour communities have also been a way to connect with the wider research and technical communities, providing links to relevant meetups, hackathons, workshops offered outside their university and national resources such as NeCTAR cloud compute and virtual labs, local High Performance Computing (HPC) and other NCRIS activities. As many researchers can operate in isolated silos, this can often be the first time clients learn about these resources and initiatives. This also leads to attendees becoming involved with the wider community and building networks nationally.