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How-To Contribute

Chinese proverb

Ink is better than the best memory.

In principle, there are three possible ways how to contribute to this documentation.

Contribute via Issue

Users can contribute to the documentation via the GitLab issue tracking system. For that, open an issue to report typos and missing documentation or request for more precise wording etc. ZIH staff will get in touch with you to resolve the issue and improve the documentation.

Create an issue in GitLab

GIF showing how to create an issue in GitLab

HPC support

Non-documentation issues and requests need to be send as ticket to

Contribute via Web IDE

GitLab offers a rich and versatile web interface to work with repositories. To fix typos and edit source files, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to the repository at and log in.
  2. Select the right branch.
  3. Select the file of interest in and click the Edit button.
  4. A text and commit editor are invoked: Do your changes, add a meaningful commit message and commit the changes.

The more sophisticated integrated Web IDE is reached from the top level menu of the repository or by selecting any source file.

Other git services might have an equivalent web interface to interact with the repository. Please refer to the corresponding documentation for further information.

Contribute Using Git Locally

For experienced Git users, we provide a Docker container that includes all checks of the CI engine used in the back-end. Using them should ensure that merge requests will not be blocked due to automatic checking. For details, refer to the page Work Locally Using Containers.