Referee report. For: Hackathon-driven tutorial development [version 1; referees: 1 approved with reservations]

Ming Tang
Software is essential for data science. However, several software tools remain out of reach for many users due to a lack of documentation, thus limiting progress in the field. Tutorial development by authors and users can greatly improve a tool's accessibility and accelerate its adoption. In this article, we explore hackathons such as hackseq as a venue for authors and users to develop tutorials to address the lack of documented software. We describe four advantages of hackathon-driven tutorial
more » ... development as well as three challenges that we faced. We also discuss our experience with remote participation. In short, if properly prepared, hackathons can provide a productive venue for assembling a group of passionate people, including remote participants, to develop a suite of related tutorials and address the growing need for accessible software.
doi:10.5256/f1000research.18543.r42213 fatcat:vrw3b3q5pbgunfv2faadfm7cp4