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Re: Overleaf equivalent for org-babel users?

From: Ken Mankoff
Subject: Re: Overleaf equivalent for org-babel users?
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2020 06:59:02 -0700
User-agent: mu4e 0.9.18; emacs 26.3

Hi Dr. May,

Unfortunately I have not found Emacs + Org to be the right tools when 
collaborating. What we need is a way for Org wrap/interface/edit Jupyter 
Notebooks, since that seems to be becoming the standard. Unfortunately.

I have had some luck with a hybrid approach using the Sage Notebook server. 
That project is no longer active (perhaps due to the success of Jupyter 
Notebooks?), but I think you can do something similar with either Google Colab 
https://colab.research.google.com or more likely CoCalc https://cocalc.com/

Google Collab is just an interface to Jupyter Notebooks.

CoCalc can also just run Jupyter Notebooks, but also lets you have a full Linux 
environment, bash shell, ssh, git, etc. I think you may need to pay for this 
level of service, but you could then run emacs remotely via ssh, or locally and 
use tramp. If the backend is git you may be able to work locally and sync with 
the webserver interface to the tools that your colleagues would see.

I still don't think your colleagues would be directly editing your Org source 
though, but you may be able to get close to what you're looking for on those 
sites. Good luck, and please do post back here if you come up with a good 


On 2020-04-16 at 10:22 -07, Prof. Dr. Johanna May
<address@hidden> wrote...
> Hey there,
> I've been preparing lecture notes with org-mode and lualatex export
> that include python diagrams and so on for about more than a year. Now
> my colleagues and team start to get interested in tweaking the
> results. Therefore, we would need some kind of online collaboration
> solution similar to overleaf that can compile the latex including the
> python (org-babel) inserts. And, obviously, versioning would also come
> in handy, so that would rather be github / gitlab functionality.
> Does anyone know of a solution like overleaf that can be used for
> that? Could you point me at your description of any setup needed? Or,
> alternatively, do you have some good description of how to set up a
> server / virtual machine that can do that? (at best including a
> virtual emacs interface, so not all users have to do all the
> installations locally)? If so, that description would also interest
> me.
> I would like to either use some online platform like overleaf or
> explain to my university colleagues who already have servers running
> what they could do for me.
> The problem is, that the collaboration colleagues are not good friends
> with coding (they prefer word to latex, excel to python ... until now,
> at least), so I'm not very inclined to suggest them to start using
> emacs. I would very much prefer some web-based solution to get them
> started. Also, such a solution might provide ways of having students
> contribute smaller bits and pieces without having to go thru the whole
> learning curve of learning the use of emacs, installing all the tools,
> etc.pp. Any ideas?
> Thank you very much!
> Cheers,
> J. May

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