Are you a field or bench scientist and always wanted to feel more comfortable with your computing skills? This course was designed for those who have never used the command line, but realize that the responsibilities they have or will soon take on require them to automate tasks. It will teach basic UNIX command-line skills, enable participants to work remotely on more powerful machines, create and run scripts to automate complex workflows, and synchronize your scripts with the larger community with Github.

This module lays the foundation for many courses at GEMS. It introduces the GEMS Platform, a secure data sharing and analysis platform used among agri-food researchers and professionals. It also demonstrates the basic features of the JupyterHub computing environment, a component of the GEMS Platform and many other interactive computing offerings.

Suggested order of courses is GEMSx001.1, then GEMSx001.2, then GEMSx001.3 followed by GEMSx001.4


  • Logging into the platform
  • Exploring data products in GEMS
  • My workspace within GEMS
  • Users and Teams in GEMS
  • Registering products
  • Sharing products with Users and Teams
  • GEMS Tools
  • Navigating within Jupyter
  • Opening a command terminal in Jupyter
  • Notebooks in Jupyter
  • Customizing your Jupyter experience
  • Other analysis environment options in GEMS
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Section Title
Introducing the GEMS platform + JupyterLab
Online, self paced
Sep 01, 2023 to Jun 30, 2024
Delivery Options
Self Paced Online  
Course Fee(s)
Course Fee $105.00
UMN Affiliated $0.00
Section Details

Special Information about this Course:

Cancellations are subject to a $25.00 processing fee. 

Contact Information:

  • To request a scholarship for this course, please fill out this application form. Scholarship applications will be considered by a committee on a rolling basis.
  • For questions regarding course registration, please email Kris Junker at junk0011@umn.edu or call 612-624-7253
  • For questions regarding course materials and contact, please email Kevin Silverstein at kats@umn.edu
  • For questions regarding system access, log-in, username, or password, please email help@umn.edu or call 612-301-4357.
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