CERN HSF Season of Docs 2019


Season of Docs is a program that brings technical writers and open source projects together for a few months to work on open source documentation.

Particle physics is an exciting field where large collaborations of scientists collect and analyze petabytes data from high-energy physics experiments, such as the Large Hadron Collider, hosted at the CERN laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland. Some of the questions that we collectively ask are:

To answer these questions, particle physicists build software to simulate and analyze what happens in particle physics detectors.

Since 2011, CERN has participated in other Google initiatives such as Google Summer of Code (GSoC), first as a small organization (CERN-SFT) and later as an umbrella organization (CERN-HSF) to involve the high-energy physics community. Given the good results in the past under the GSoC program, CERN-HSF is eager to participate in this first edition of Season of Docs.

Season of Docs 2019

In 2019 CERN-HSF is planning to apply as an umbrella organization, project proposals are listed below.

Projects in 2019


DIRAC INTERWARE is a software framework for distributed computing providing a complete solution to one (or more) user community requiring access to distributed resources. DIRAC builds a layer between the users and the resources offering a common interface to a number of heterogeneous providers, integrating them in a seamless manner, providing interoperability, at the same time as an optimized, transparent and reliable usage of the resources.

List of proposals

A modular scientific software framework. It provides all the functionalities needed to deal with big data processing,statistical analysis, visualisation and storage. It is mainly written in C++ but integrated with other languages suchas Python and R.

List of proposals

Rucio is a software framework that provides functionality to organize, manage, and access large volumes of scientific data using customisable policies. The data can be spread across globally distributed locations and across heterogeneous data centers, uniting different storage and network technologies as a single federated entity. Rucio offers advanced features such as distributed data recovery or adaptive replication, and is highly scalable, modular, and extensible. Rucio has been originally developed to meet the requirements of the high-energy physics experiment ATLAS, and is continuously extended to support LHC experiments and other diverse scientific communities.

List of proposals

Participating Organizations in 2019


At CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, physicists and engineers are probing the fundamental structure of the universe. They use the world’s largest and most complex scientific instruments to study the basic constituents of matter – the fundamental particles.

List of proposals

STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire, United Kingdom is home to national facilities including the Diamond synchrotron and ISIS neutron spallation source. The Particle Physics Department contributes to experiments including ATLAS, CMS and T2K.

List of proposals

The University of Innsbruck (German: Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck; Latin: Universitas Leopoldino Franciscea) is a public university in Innsbruck, the capital of the Austrian federal state of Tyrol, founded in 1669. More than 27,000 students are enrolled across many fields, and the university is host to four nobel laureates in the natural sciences.

List of proposals

UiO is Norway’s oldest institution for research and higher education, with 28,000 students and 6,000 employees.

List of proposals

The University of Wuppertal (Universität Wuppertal) is a German scientific institution, located in Wuppertal, in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. The university’s official name in German is Bergische Universität Wuppertal, or BUW. It was founded in 1972. In 2014/15, approx. 20,000 students were enrolled in a wide range of subjects with many interdisciplinary linkages between a total of 7 faculties.

List of proposals


Full list of Proposal Ideas

Full list of Mentors

HSF Season of Docs Administrators: Andrei Gheata, Antoine Pérus and Javier Cervantes Villanueva.

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