CSDMS Roadshow

Would you like to learn more about

  • making a model in Landlab
  • best practices in writing code for your research
  • using GitHub to store and safeguard your work

but you don't have the time or money to visit CSDMS in Boulder for the Annual Meeting, ESPIn, or training?

Then let CSDMS come to you with the CSDMS Roadshow!

The idea

In a Roadshow, CSDMS research software engineers (RSEs) visit your group, lab, or department and present one to three days of interactive instruction. Lessons are drawn from the CSDMS Ivy course material, which includes information on shell, Python, git, conda, Landlab, BMI, pymt, and best practices in scientific software development. The Roadshow also includes a brief overview of CSDMS, focusing on the resources we provide for students and early-career researchers.

Our goal is to reach people with the CSDMS message of open source software development in support of research in earth and planetary surface processes.

The plan

The only equipment needed for a CSDMS Roadshow:

  • a classroom or conference room,
  • a projector, and
  • an internet connection.

Participants should bring a laptop with a web browser and an internet connection to work on the interactive Jupyter Notebook lessons. All course material is run on EarthscapeHub.

A sample agenda for one to three days of instruction is given in Table 1 below.

Table 1. Sample topics for a CSDMS Roadshow.
Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
CSDMS Overview Git II BMI
Shell I Conda pymt
Python I Python II Landlab II
Git I Landlab I Best Practices

The topics and content of a CSDMS Roadshow can be customized.

Interested? Contact us!

If you're interested in hosting a CSDMS Roadshow, please contact us at

If you're a CSDMS member and you'd like to join a nearby Roadshow, see the list of upcoming Roadshows below.

Roadshows, near and far

  • Roadshow #1 (Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ)
  • Roadshow #2 (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN)
  • Roadshow #3 (North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC)
  • Roadshow #4 (TBD. It could be at your institution--let us know!)