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These FAQs primarily target Sandia developers working in the SandiaLabs GitHub organization. Don’t see your question listed below? Please contact SandiaLabs GitHub admins.

How do I set up a GitHub account?

If you’re new to GitHub and open source in general, figuring out how to get set up can be a challenge. You may want to read through the GitHub Help pages on setting up and managing your GitHub profile.

  1. Create an account on GitHub.

    You do not need a separate work account and personal account. Instead, you can link multiple email addresses to the same GitHub account, which is almost always preferred.

  2. Update your profile information.

    • Photo: A headshot photo, or image that is uniquely you.
    • Name: Your first and last name.
    • Bio: Include a few words about yourself!
    • URL: This might be a personal website.
    • Company: Probably Sandia National Labs.
    • Location: Your primary location.
  3. Add your email address (and any aliases) to your Email Settings page. This will link any commits done via your Git identity to your GitHub account.

  4. Enable two-factor authentication (2FA).

How do I join the SandiaLabs organization on GitHub?

If you are an employee at Sandia, you are eligible to join the SandiaLabs GitHub organization and appear in the member list.

  1. Send an email, with your GitHub username included, to the SandiaLabs GitHub admins from your email, requesting to be added to the organization.

  2. After an administrator has added you to the organization, you will receive a notification email from GitHub. Alternatively, once the invitation has been sent, you will see a notification banner at the top of which you can use to accept the invitation.

  3. Head over to the SandiaLabs People page and make your membership Public.

What is/isn’t allowed to be included in my repo?

Remember that these repositories are hosted on GitHub servers, NOT Sandia servers, and content placed in them should be limited to “email like” communications. That means:

When in doubt, contact a Derivative Classifier (DC) for further guidance.

How do I include my repo in the Sandia organization and/or this website’s catalog?

Repositories within the SandiaLabs organization are owned and managed by Sandia. Please do not create personal repositories here.

Make sure your repository is included on this website’s home page and full catalog. If you’ve set up your repository within the SandiaLabs organization, you don’t need to take any action; it will automatically appear after the next data update.

How do I contribute news or other content to this website?

Submit a pull request! This website is a GitHub repo just like any other Sandia open source project. See the guidelines below about contributing.

Before contributing, please contact with your idea or if you have questions about whether your proposed content requires the Sandia review and release process.

What should I do if my repo is no longer actively developed/maintained?

  1. Remove your repo’s topic tags (e.g., math-physics), which connect it to this website’s browsable categories.

  2. Submit a pull request updating the input_lists.json file to remove your repo’s name.

  3. Change your repo’s status via Settings > Manage Access > Who has access > Manage > Danger Zone > Archive this repository (settings#danger-zone). Contact if for some reason GitHub won’t let you complete this step.