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Tips For A Productive Workshop Experience

The workshop is now less than a week away, and we have just three short days to devote to XNAT practical sessions and development projects. Here are some tips for attendees that should help us hit the ground running and have a great and productive time. 

  1. Make sure you have up-to-date hardware and software to work on. See the workshop wiki for Hardware and Software Requirements
  2. XNAT and the XNAT Vagrant project have just been updated to 1.7.4! Make sure you get the latest versions from www.xnat.org/download
  3. Make Friday your "Download Day." Set aside some time to install Vagrant and VirtualBox on your local machine. We strongly recommend developing XNAT in a Vagrant VM environment to minimize potential environment conflicts.
  4. Also on Download Day, download the XNAT Stack base box for Vagrant. This is a large download (~1 GB) but it only needs to be downloaded once, then it is cached locally and reused for each XNAT VM that you create.
  5. As a final Download Day activity, set up your XNAT VM with plugins and sample data. See XNAT Vagrant VM Setup.

What Do You Want To Work On?

We have set up a page on the workshop wiki for you to tell us a little about yourselves and your XNAT experience. Feel free to let everyone know who you are and why you're coming:  2017 Workshop Attendees

Also, let us know what projects you're hoping to work on during our hackathon sessions: 2017 Hackathon Projects.

All workshop attendees now have a valid login to the XNAT Confluence wiki. If your account was just created, you should have received an email from Confluence that will let you set a password. If you did not receive this email, or just can't find it, you can set a new password here: https://wiki.xnat.org/forgotuserpassword.action 

Please note that if you had trouble logging in to Confluence last week, our IT people have been performing some maintenance to troubleshoot a recent upgrade. Everything should be working now.

Have Something Exciting To Share?

We have dedicated time in the Workshop Agenda for short breakout talks by attendees on Tuesday afternoon. If you would like to give a 10-15 minute presentation on any XNAT-related subject, contact us at workshop@xnat.org and we will add you to the agenda.

Looking forward to seeing you in October!

Thanks for registering for the workshop. I see many long-time friends of XNAT amongst the registrants — I look forward to catching up with all of you. But I see even more first time attendees — it’ll be a real pleasure to get to know you and to learn about your projects. 

The XNAT team is busy putting together what we think will be an outstanding program. There’s so much we want to talk about, it’s hard to fit it all in. We have published a preliminary agenda to the workshop wiki, please check it out and let us know what you think. 

In the remaining weeks leading up to the workshop, we’ll be sending out occasional emails to keep you in the loop.  Please read them carefully, as we’ll include links to advanced reading and resources. And, as always, if you have any questions, drop me an email — dmarcus@wustl.edu.  In the meantime, happy xnatting.

Regards, Dan Marcus, XNAT Director 

Preliminary Workshop Agenda Is Up

The workshop is now just a few weeks away, and we are finalizing details of the agenda, activity planning and catering arrangements. We have published a first look at the agenda on the workshop wiki. You can check it out here: https://wiki.xnat.org/workshop-2017/ 

As you can see, we are focusing on ways to extend XNAT 1.7 through plugins and — as brand new functionality — containers. We are also devoting workshop time to guided hackathon development. If you have pet projects that you've been itching to work on, log into the wiki and let us know. (See below if you have never logged into the XNAT wiki before.) 

Logging In To The Workshop Wiki 

All workshop attendees now have a valid login to the XNAT Confluence wiki. If your account was just created, you should have received an email from Confluence that will let you set a password. If you did not receive this email, or just can't find it, you can set a new password here: https://wiki.xnat.org/forgotuserpassword.action 

Once you have logged in, feel free to tell us a little about yourself and your XNAT project here: 2017 Workshop Attendees

Also, if you'd like to let us know what projects you're hoping to work on during our hackathon sessions, you can do that here: 2017 Hackathon Projects.