Collaborative Tools


About this website

This website is work in progress. Below is the initial set of information intended to help you get started to make contributions to the content published here.

We leverage a very popular and efficient static website generator technology: Jekyll. It allows the authors to use the easy-to-read Markdown annotation, which is then automatically, and transparently for the user, converted into HTML. This way the cumbersome HTML editing as avoided. A simple example of the Markdown text such as used on this page may look like this:

External links: [Markdown]({:target="_blank"}

Itemized list:
* __item 1__ in bold
* _item 2_ in italics

…which is rendered as:

External links: Markdown

Itemized list:

Data content is handled in a way that effectively serves as a database, without the need to deploy an actual database server. This is achieved by storing the site data (when needed) in YAML-formatted files, which can be queried and parsed automatically. The most optimal setup for the content development is to install Jekyll on your machine using the information contained in the Jekyll link above. This requires a modicum of effort but is certainly not too difficult. It is also possible to edit the material directly on GitHub (see the section below) using the state-of-the-art editor – VScode. It is imperative that such direct edits, if they are necessary, are done in your own branch (as opposed to “main”) so as to not accidentally damage the ePIC website by making unintended or invalid changes.

GitHub: Managing the Content and Serving the Content

We use a GitHub repository to manage the code for this site. Basic git/GitHub literacy is very helpful for efficient participation in the development of this site’s content. In terms of getting your new or updated content into the repo, the branch/pull request (PR) process is optimal.To get access to the code, create a clone of the website repository and move to the directory created:

git clone

You should be able to create your own branch using the GitHub web interface, it’s fairly straightforward. Then, you can use a command line like the one below, to create a working copy of the branch on your workstation or laptop:

git checkout my_cool_branch

After you commit the updated material to your branch and push it to GitHub, you will probably want to create a “pull request”, which will prompt the administrators of this site to review your commits and merge them into main. After that the updated material will be rendered on the webpage. This is achieved by using the mechanism of ‘‘GitHub Pages’’, which is a free service provided by GitHub and which automaticall renders the site at the url:

Documents, Images, Data

The ePIC Collaboration is still working on its policies and technical solutions to store and manage all sorts of digital materials (e.g. PFD files, images, DOC files etc). This is work in progress. In the meantime, storage of this type of materials on this website is strongly discouraged due to GitHub limitations and other factors. Links to Google Drive, Dropbox or other such cloud meadia should be used instead. Once ePIC picks the document management solution (e.g. Invenio RDM, Zenodo or something else) this will be revisited.