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2.2 Sharing your project notebook

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Sharing work is a great way to solve problems and learn from others.

You are encouraged to share the analysis notebook that you created in the previous section. There are a few different ways you can do this. I will only mention two, sharing and publishing, depending on whether you want people to be able to change your notebook or only read it.

If you don’t mind people editing and extending your notebook, like you have done with mine, then you’ll need to give them the notebook file (e.g. ‘TB deaths all world – Michel Wermelinger.ipynb’) and all necessary data files (just the ‘WHO POP TB all.xls’ in this case). There are many ways you can share files with other people. One of the simplest is to create a zip archive, upload it to a cloud service like Dropbox or Google Drive, and publicise the download link. You could also share the link on your social media or via email.

If the intended recipients don’t have the necessary software (Python, pandas and Jupyter) or you don’t want anybody to change your notebook, you can still publish the analysis in read-only mode, i.e. people can read the text and code, see the resulting tables and numbers, but can’t modify anything.

To do this, open your project notebook, run all the cells, double-check that there are no error messages and that all values and tables are shown as you want them to be, and save the notebook (without closing it).

If you use Anaconda, export the notebook by clicking ‘Download as’ in the ‘File’ menu and selecting the option you prefer. I prefer HTML because it looks much nicer. You can then share the single PDF or HTML file as before, by email, via Dropbox or Google Drive, on your blog and via a link.

If you use CoCalc, just click on the ‘Publish’ button on the right side above your notebook, and you will get after a little while the link that you can share with others. Anyone can then read your notebook, even if they don’t have a CoCalc account. For example, look at my Project 1 [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] (it’s best to right-click and open this link in a new tab).

Now choose the sharing or publishing method, and get sharing!