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Context-Aware Notebook Search in a Jupyter-Based Virtual Research Environment

Li, Na; Farshidi, Siamak; Bianchi, Riccardo; Koulouzis, Spiros; Zhao, Zhiming

Computational notebook environments such as the Jupyter play an increasingly important role in data-centric research for prototyping computational experiments, documenting code implementations, and sharing scientific results. Effectively discovering and reusing notebooks available on the web can reduce repetitive work and facilitate scientific innovations. However, general-purpose web search engines (e.g., Google Search) do not explicitly index the contents of notebooks, and notebook repositories (e.g., Kaggle and GitHub) require users to create domain-specific queries based on the metadata in the notebook catalogs, which fail to capture the working contexts in the notebook environment. This poster presents a Context-aware Notebook Search Framework (CANSF) to enable a researcher to seamlessly discover external notebooks based on semantic contexts of the literate programming activities in the Jupyter environment. 

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