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.

We serve as a hub for research software engineers in the Nordic countries, namely in Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Estonia.

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.

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:

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.

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!