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Git and GitHub

What is git?

Git is a distributed version control system. It allows you to track changes in files and directories, and to collaborate with others on code development.

What is GitHub?

GitHub is a online hosting platform for git. It also provides a wide range of other developer tools, covering:

  • automation
  • security
  • project management
  • package and website hosting

You can read more about the benefits of GitHub and why we use it.

All code written on the Analytical Platform should be stored in a git repository on GitHub in the MoJ Analytical Services organisation. This includes R scripts, Python scripts and Jupyter notebooks.

Get started

If you’re new to git or GitHub, you may find it useful to take a look at the learning resources before getting started.

When you’re ready, you’ll need to set up GitHub to work with git in RStudio and JupyterLab on the Analytical Platform.

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