GitHub basics

Get familiar with the GitHub web browser interface, make a new repository and add files and folders.

2 hours



Give an example of a use of GitHub that you learnt about in this session??


  • Collaboration as teams
  • Share documentation
  • Build websites
  • Set up presentations
  • Project management
  • Continuous integration
  • Add-on repositories for long term archiving with DOI
  • Project tracking with version control

Describe how to start editing a file in GitHub?

  • Press the pencil icon button.

What are the two files you need to create when making a new repository?

  • README file.
  • License file.

What is markdown script?

  • It’s a human readable script that can be use to add formatting elements to plaintext text documents.
  • The syntax makes it render in a way that presents a nicely formatted document on GitHub or webpages.