Meeting Notes for 27 September

Present: Sudha, Senem, Kevin, Tom, Joel


  • The lack of HTTPS support for the old URL ( is causing enough problems that Joel will finish putting a free SSL certificate for it on i2u2-quarknet today.
  • Kevin will organize a conversation about how to coordinate and manage development requests between QuarkNet and Xeno Media
  • Sudha and Senem discussed some problems with the login page
  • Mitch suggests that the upcoming proposal would benefit from a brief discussion of how the site upgrade enhances the QuarkNet experience for teachers. Joel will solicit contributors by email.


  • Tom spoke with Adam LaMee at CERN this week. Adam is using Jupyter Notebooks in middle and high schools. He's currently hosting them through Binder, which is hard to scale. A natural question is whether CMS/HEP/Cosmic Ray JNBs can be hosted on QuarkNet servers, which would form a ready-made basis for a 4th tier of the Data Portfolio.
  • Joel has been looking into the above question. We can certainly host JNBs backed by QuarkNet data on our servers, most likely on a new VM running JupyterHub. More difficult is whether we could host an instance of Binder, a fairly new technology with few use cases outside of Without Binder, users would have to install Jupyter on their local computers, so Binder would be necessary to reach the largest number of teachers and students.
  • We'll invite Adam to join next week's teleconference to discuss the above issues.
  • Mitch would like to include notes on this planned computational tier of the Data Portfolio in the upcoming proposal. Joel will draft a paragraph or two and email it to the developers' group for revisions.
  • Tom will update some JNBs he has on GitHub soon. He's also still working on getting Higgs events and creating event display files from the new Open Data release.


Moving the e-Labs source code form SVN to Git is progressing well. Joel asks the other developers with experience using the code to help identify portions that can be dropped, such as the CMS Test Beam e-Lab.

-- Main.JoelG - 2017-09-27


Topic revision: r1 - 2017-09-27, JoelG
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