The CodeRefinery project
- Core Activities
- Infrastructure services
- Training opportunities
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.
We serve as a hub for research software engineers in the Nordic countries, namely in Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Estonia.
We provide a code repository hosting service that is open and free for all researchers based in national universities and research institutes from Nordic countries.
We develop and maintain training material on software best practices for researchers that already write code. Our material addresses all academic disciplines and tries to be as programming language-independent as possible.
We offer training opportunities:
- Carpentries 2-day workshops in the Nordics (6 workshops each year). The workshop fee is on us, only the instructor travel is on the host institution.
- CodeRefinery workshops to grow researchers' software best practices skills. These workshops aim at consolidating knowledge learnt during Carpentries workshops and focus on teaching professional tools for efficiently developing and maintaining research software. In-person workshops are typically 3 days, while online workshops are typically 6 half days over 2 weeks.
- Instructor training workshops to learn to organise and teach Carpentries and CodeRefinery workshops. Our train the trainer program aims at building partnerships with Research Software Engineers and researchers who are willing to lead skills' transfer within their local communities in the Nordics.
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.
Membership with The Carpentries
Since November 2018, NeIC is a platinum partner to The Carpentries, an international project that comprises Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry, communities of instructors, trainers, maintainers, helpers, and supporters who share a mission to teach foundational computational and data science skills to researchers.
With this we have access to:
- 6 Carpentries workshops in the Nordics each year. The workshop fee is on us, only the instructor travel is on the host institution.
- 15 seats in the Carpentries instructor training each year.
Carpentry workshops last 2 days. Software Carpentry workshops include introductory lessons on Unix shell, version control with Git and programming in Python or R. Data Carpentry workshops are usually tailored to specific scientific disciplines. An overview of Carpentry curricula can be found here
Please get in touch if you would like to host a Carpentry workshop or become an instructor.
Level of Carpentry workshops
Carpentries workshops focus on creating a motivating and engaging environment for learners with no or little digital skills while our three day workshops are the next step. For beginners who don't yet write code but want to get started, we highly recommend attending a Software Carpentry workshop.
The key objective of CodeRefinery workshop is to grow researchers' software best practices skills to facilitate open and reproducible research.
In-person workshops - We offer three-day workshops that focus on methods to build modular, reusable, maintainable, sustainable, reproducible, testable, and robust software. These workshops are based on training material we develop and maintain.
Online workshops - Since April 2020, we offer both "full-package" workshops by 6 half-days over 2 weeks with the same contents as 2-day in-person workshop (training material) and shorter workshops focusing on one or a limited number of lessons.
Requesting a workshop - Would you like to host a CodeRefinery workshop at your home institution? Get in touch if this sounds interesting! Note that even though CodeRefinery is a Nordic project, we are interested in giving workshops also outside the Nordics and are able to do so provided that funding for travel and accommodation can be covered.
Information for local organizers - We have prepared a list of practical requirements.
Level of CodeRefinery workshops - For CodeRefinery workshop, it is assumed that participants already write code for their research but no expertise is required. Some experience in navigating the file tree and editing files in a terminal session is recommended. Our workshops are attended by MSc and PhD students, postdocs, researchers and more senior staff from a wide range of scientific backgrounds and with different programming experiences.
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.
- Level of Instructor training workshops - Learners should have some familiarity with good software development practices, especially in the context of scientific software, and be interested in sharing knowledge and teaching.
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!