Google Season of Docs 2019 with MDAnalysis

Google Season of Docs 2019

MDAnalysis was accepted for Google Season of Docs 2019. We are proud to be one of 50 participating open source organizations, which span all reaches of open source and includes the Wikimedia Foundation, NumPy and SciPy, the CERN High Energy Software Foundation, Drupal, Arduino, LLVM Compiler Infrastructure, and many more outstanding projects that really have been moving the open source community forward.

We would love to have a technical writer work with us to improve our documentation. If you want to work with scientists that write code to do science at the molecular scale then please contact us on the developer list.

More about Projects and MDAnalysis

Our recent post on our GSoD application explains more of the background and summarizes our project ideas.

You can find detailed project ideas on our wiki.

We also have a Frequently Asked Questions for GSoD with MDAnalysis, which is being continuously updated.

Written by scientists for scientists

MDAnalysis is a project written by scientists for scientists and is currently used for cutting edge research around the world. A writer with MDAnalysis will learn about the technical aspects of creating docs for open source code (such as documentation generation with Sphinx, continuous integration-based workflows and distributed development with git via our GitHub source code repository) and also about the science that MDAnalysis enables. Our developers have published many scientific publications that used our library or described innovative new methods that were implemented in MDAnalysis. A writer will interact with these accomplished scientists and learn about the science: How molecules are simulated (e.g., biomolecules such as proteins and DNA or novel materials) and how scientists analyze such simulations in order to better understand the world at the microscopic scale.

The video shows the result of a molecular dynamics simulation in which a sodium ion (magenta sphere) together with water molecules (red/white ā€œLā€ shapes) bind to a protein (shown in cartoon representation as blue and green ribbons), a process that is important in maintaining the health of cells in the body. The MDAnalysis package enables us to write code which can perform calculations on these results, here allowing us to quantify the interaction between the ion and the protein and generate fundamental understanding of important processes in living beings.


If you have any questions or if you want to work with us please write to us on the developer list.

ā€” @orbeckst, @richardjgowers