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How-To Contribute

Chinese proverb

Ink is better than the best memory.

This documentation is written in markdown and translated into static html pages using mkdocs. A single configuration file holds the pages structure as well as specification of the theme and extensions. This file is mkdocs.yaml.

All essential files (markdown pages, graphics, configuration, theme, etc.) are managed within a Git repository which makes it quite easy to contribute to this documentation. In principle, there are three possible ways how to contribute to this documentation. These ways are outlined below.

Content Guide Lines

To ensure a high-quality and consistent documentation and to make it easier for readers to understand all content, we set some Content rules. Please follow these rules regarding markdown syntax and writing style when contributing! Furthermore, reviewing your changes take less time and your improvements appear faster on the official documentation.


Each user is fully and solely responsible for the content he/she creates and has to ensure that he/she has the right to create it under the laws which apply.

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

If you have a web browser (most probably you are using it to read this page) and want to contribute to the documentation, you are good to go. GitLab offers a rich and versatile web interface to work with repositories. To start fixing typos and edit source files, please find more information on Contributing via web browser.

Contribute via Local Clone

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. The page on Contributing via local clone provides you with the details about how to setup and use your local clone of the repository.