The CodeRefinery project

Objectives

We are working with students, researchers, and research software engineers from all disciplines to advance software development and management practices, so that research groups can collaboratively develop, test, review and discuss their source code, with the aim of making it shareable and reusable, thus following the FAIR principles.

Through our spin-off project Nordic-RSE, we serve as a hub for research software engineers in the Nordic countries, namely in Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Estonia.

From 2016-10-01 to 2021-10-31, CodeRefinery received funding from NeIC and delivered a large number of face to face and online workshops to the Nordic Community. After that point, we are a community project seeking volunteers to sustain what we have accomplished in the first five years.

CodeRefinery and The Carpentries

We are in the same galaxy as the Carpentries organization and closely work with them. We run our workshops in a slightly different way, but our general philosophy, lesson material, and procedures are very similar. Our target audience is learners who already have some experience with programming and would like to develop software in a more efficient and sustainable way. We believe that for many learners we can offer a good second step after their Carpentries workshop.

Core Activities


Infrastructure services

Our code repository hosting service is open and free for all researchers based in Nordic universities and research institutes. Please contact us if you would like to use these services.

Training opportunities

We offer training opportunities to researchers from Nordic research groups and projects to learn basic-to-advanced research computing skills and become confident in using state-of-the-art tools and practices from modern collaborative software engineering.

CodeRefinery Workshops

The key objective of CodeRefinery workshop is to grow researchers' software best practices skills to facilitate open and reproducible research.

Instructor training workshops

One purpose of our Instructor training workshops is to train CodeRefinery instructors, but being (or becoming) a CodeRefinery instructor is not required. With the workshops we also aim at building partnerships with research software engineers and researchers who are willing to lead skills' transfer within their local communities in the Nordics.

Instructor training workshops take 2 days and cover this lesson material.

Other types of events

We have organized hackathons, get-together events and shorter workshops customized for individual research groups. Regularly we also host online Open House events where CodeRefinery instructors together with a wider community of interested people work in sprints on topics ranging from lesson development to website updates.

We're always interested in new collaborations, so if you would like to co-organize an event with us or suggest a new type of event, don't hesitate to get in touch!