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Join us at distribits 2024!

Technologies for distributed data management


The first distribits meeting will happen on April 18th to April 20th, 2024, at “Haus der Universität”, Düsseldorf, Germany, with the aim of bringing together enthusiasts of tools and workflows in the domain of distributed data.

Go to for more information and to register!

The Handbook


This handbook is a living resource about why and – more importantly – how to use DataLad. It aims to provide novices and advanced users of all backgrounds with both the basics of DataLad and start-to-end use cases of specific applications. If you want to get hands-on experience and learn DataLad, the Basics part of this book will teach you. If you want to know what is possible, the use cases will show you. And if you want to help others to get started with DataLad, the companion repository provides free and open source teaching material tailored to the handbook.

Before you read on, please note that this version of the handbook is based on at least DataLad version 0.17, and the higher your version of DataLad is, the better. The section Installation and configuration will set you up with what you need if you currently do not have DataLad 0.17 or higher installed.

If you’re new here, please start the handbook here. Alternatively, try to identify with one of several user-types in this user specific guide to the handbook.

The handbook is currently in beta stage.

If you would be willing to provide feedback on its contents, please get in touch.

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The fundamentals of DataLad

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Code lists from chapters