Today we are launching a new way to easily share scientific content online — we are calling it the Curvenote Launchpad and it is free and open-source. All you need to start is GitHub or GitLab repository.
The launchpad service is available at https://try.curvenote.com and can turn any repository with Markdown
.ipynb files into a rich interactive website in under 60 seconds.
We’ve been working to ingest and support a wide variety of repository layouts, so the tool will automatically descend into subfolders to find markdown and Jupyter Notebooks and present a default Table of Contents.
The service will give you a unique URL, something like
https://launchpad-3j8c8sj2.curve.space that you can share and will remain active for 5 days.
Awesome by default¶
We are working on making content your content as awesome by default as we can, and here are a few of the features you can expect to see so far:
Curvenote sites support the rendering of Jupyter output cells. As well as the fast server-side rendering of rich text outputs and static images like those produced by
seaborn, the sites can host interactive plots from
plotly provided the notebooks are saved with their outputs when the site is generated.
If the repository contains BibTeX
.bib files, the service will load the references and pick up on any citations you’ve made in your Markdown files or Markdown notebook cells, we currently support MyST Markdown for these sorts of references.
References from DOIs¶
If you have included any Markdown or HTML links to a DOI, these will automatically be made into hover citations as shown below, and the reference will be added to the reference section at the bottom of the document.
Launchpad will guess at the best titles to use in Table of Contents based on folder names, file names, and the markdown content itself. That means if a top-level heading (
#) is at the top of your markdown
.md file or in the first cell of your notebook, that is what will be picked up, and if not the filename will be parsed to produce a capitalized string. If you get repeated names in your Table of Contents, then this is something that you might want to tweak by inserting new headings or frontmatter in your files.
Curvenote websites have a whole collection of frontmatter settings available. All are relevant for scientific publications, and the launchpad service will populate a few of these based on your GitHub profile or organization information. If you move on to set up a permanent website, you can configure much more information.
The first page of the website produced is taken in priority order from
*.ipynb (not case sensitive) and usually, you will have a
README.md at least. You can override that as the homepage by adding an
index.md to your repo before launching.
Curvenote Launchpad is an easy way to share Juptyer Notebooks, research notes and other markdown content with a quick, disposable link. If you like the service and the result, we’d love you to share it more widely, with a tweet ❤️.
Launchpad is also a great way to quickly try out Curvenote’s site generation capabilities on your content before setting up a permanent website with your own URL. Curvenote’s publishing tools are open source, and our mission at Curvenote is to free science from the PDF. Let us help you do that by getting your preprint, supporting materials or thesis online.
Other resources from Curvenote
Curvenote and ExecutableBooks were at JuptyerCon 2023 in Paris, between all the amazing announcements & talks, here are our main takeaways.
We show off an example of an archeology article, a sneak peek and the new website, and discuss creating LaTeX diffs for pdfs.
Mike Morrison, the designer of the #betterposter movement, is joining Curvenote on a mission to improve scientific articles.
Curvenote and MyST websites create structured data, which can be rendered by any number of "theme servers", which are in charge of turning that structured data into a reading experience.
Webinar - Learn how to write your next paper, report or even your thesis in MyST Markdown to create PDFs and interactive web articles.
The MyST command-line tools can now parse and render LaTeX documents, we explore some of the process behind creating this feature.