[IPython-dev] IPython Notebooks, dissertations, and scholarly publication

Jason Moore moorepants at gmail.com
Thu Oct 17 23:51:40 EDT 2013

I wrote my dissertation as a Sphinx document:
moorepants.github.io/dissertation. The source to generate most of the
figures was included with the Sphinx source. The IPython notebook wasn't an
option at the time, but I would have certainly considered it for
distributing some of the calculations. There is a more formal package for
using Sphinx for a thesis here: https://github.com/jterrace/sphinxtr.
Notebooks could be integrated into the Sphinx output.

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On Thu, Oct 17, 2013 at 8:04 PM, Thomas Kluyver <takowl at gmail.com> wrote:

> I know someone wrote their thesis in sphinx - google sphinx thesis
> resource. You could probably integrate notebooks into that via nbconvert,
> though the output is then essentially static documents.
> Thomas
> On Oct 17, 2013 3:55 PM, "mcburton" <mcburton at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hello,
>> I am on a panel discussion tomorrow morning talking about "digital
>> dissertations" (broadly construed) and I was going to bring up the IPython
>> Notebook as not only a platform for interactive computing, but the Notebook
>> specifically as an emerging genre of scholarship in and of itself.
>> We have already seen published Notebooks being used for teaching
>> programming[1], as supplementary materials for a book[2], and even as a
>> platform for the book itself[3]. I  toying with ways to similarly integrate
>> the notebook into my dissertation (most likely as supplementary material on
>> Github due to institutional formatting constraints). But it would be
>> interesting to ruminate about the possibility of submitting a Notebook (or
>> set of Notebooks) to my committee.
>> I was wondering if there is anyone on this list who has similarly
>> explored, if only in your imagination, the IPython Notebook as a platform
>> for dissertations or, to be even more provocative, as a platform for
>> scholarly publishing more generally[4]?
>> I've been spreading the IPython Notebook gospel in various conversations
>> about new modes scholarly communication/publishing and people get very
>> excited. I'd love to hear what folks on ipython-dev think.
>> --
>> mcb
>> [1]
>> http://peak5390.wordpress.com/2013/09/22/how-ipython-notebook-and-github-have-changed-the-way-i-teach-python/
>> [2] https://github.com/ptwobrussell/Mining-the-Social-Web-2nd-Edition
>> [3]
>> http://camdavidsonpilon.github.io/Probabilistic-Programming-and-Bayesian-Methods-for-Hackers/
>> [4]
>> https://github.com/ipython/ipython/wiki/A-gallery-of-interesting-IPython-Notebooks#-reproducible-academic-publications
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