Get involved

CodeRefinery has two main activities:

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.

Anyone may contribute to the CodeRefinery open source project.

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 is always looking for both people and institutions that can promote the FAIRness of software management and development practice. There are many ways that you can get involved:

Host a workshop

There are different ways to organize and deliver workshops using partly or entirely our training material. You can:

The cost depends on the type of workshop and the membership tier your institution has subscribed. For more information, check our Training Hubs section.

CodeRefinery workshops with support of the CodeRefinery Team

Self-organized CodeRefinery workshop

In the sections below, we provide you with more detailed information on each CodeRefinery or Carpentries type of self-organized workshop.

Self-organized Carpentries workshop

The requirements for a self-organized Carpentries workshop can be found here on the Carpentries website.

There is no administrative fee to run a self-organized Carpentries workshop.

To add your Carpentries workshop in the list of upcoming workshops in the CodeRefinery's "upcoming workshops" page, get in touch with us on in #request-workshops stream.

In the registration form submitted to the Carpentries, there is a question asking you if you wish to publish your workshop in the Carpentries upcoming workshops (and if applicable, each Carpentry's upcoming workshops for Software, Data or Library Carpentry).

Self-organized CodeRefinery workshop

The requirements for a self-organized CodeRefinery workshop are:

There is no administrative fee to run a self-organized CodeRefinery workshop.

If your workshop fulfill the requirements detailed above, it can be listed as a "self-organized CodeRefinery workshop" on our website at Workshops/events under self-organized CodeRefinery workshops. Please get in touch with us on in #request-workshops stream to add it on our website.

Self-organized workshop or any training activity using CodeRefinery lessons

All CodeRefinery and The Carpentries training material are licensed under CC BY 4.0, so you can teach this material yourself and mix and match with any other material.

However, we would love to know when CodeRefinery lesson material is used for any type of training, including workshops, credited/non-credited courses, or other types of learning events! Please let us know on in #request-workshops stream, as well as whether or not you wish your event to be listed in our website, under self-organized workshops or training activities using CodeRefinery lesson material.

Become a workshop helper

Have you already participated in a Carpentry or CodeRefinery workshop, but would like to attend another one to refresh your memory and share your own knowledge? Or do you already have a solid background in research software engineering and would like to meet like-minded people in a friendly environment? Join a Carpentry or CodeRefinery workshop as a helper! Get in touch and let us know which workshop you would like to join. For more information about what a helper is supposed to do, please refer Helper’s guide

Become an instructor

There is no requirement for using our training material. However, we suggest that most instructors start with Carpentries instructor training. We have instructor training, but this mostly serves as a complement focused on our lessons and more intermediate users.

After taking either instructor training, you are welcome to self-organize a CodeRefinery workshop or join a workshop as an instructor when instructors are recruited via #workshop stream of CodeRefinery Zulip chat.

With that being said, there are no strict requirements to working with us and learning "on the job": we help people organically grow from learner → helper → instructor. So far, the best way to get involved is to join our chat and let us know when you see something you are interested in.

Contribute to teaching material

All our lessons are on GitHub. Contributions to the lesson material are highly welcome! The best way to contribute is via the forking-pull request workflow. See our lesson on collaborative version control for an overview of how this works. You can also contact us via other channels.

Reuse our material

We very much encourage reusing our lessons and contributing changes:

All CodeRefinery training material is made available under the Creative Commons Attribution license.

Except where otherwise noted, the example programs and other software provided by CodeRefinery are made available under the OSI-approved MIT license.

Become an institutional partner as a training hub

Coderefinery started as a sponsored and funded project (until end of october 2021), but we are seeking for partnerships to stay sustainable long-term.

Please take a look at training hubs page for more information on CodeRefinery Membership options.

Contact us


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If you like what we do, please reach out: @coderefine