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CodeRefinery2

Research heavily relies on software and too often research software is developed inefficiently, often without peer review, and without considering reproducibility and reusability. The CodeRefinery addresses these issues for the Nordic research communities with training workshops and infrastructure services.

The project is a follow-up of the CodeRefinery project (phase 1), a 2-year project which started in October 2016 and is planned to conclude in September 2018. During phase 1, the project will have delivered 13 three-day workshops across the Nordics and 5 shorter events and taught over 400 students and researchers.

The project has informal ties to The Carpentries and the Software Sustainability Institute and can be seen as an extension of The Carpentries to more advanced programming skills and the beginning of the formation of a Research Software Engineering network in the Nordics. The CodeRefinery project has developed a very fruitful informal cooperation with Aalto Science-IT which resulted in two workshops and collaborative lesson development.

In phase 1, we learned that students and researchers who write software to produce or analyze data are in critical need of the proposed training portfolio on software management, and currently only NeIC has the scale, network, and expertise to fill this need in the Nordics until these workshops become part of university curriculum. Phase 1 of the project could already match this obvious need of the research community exceptionally well as shown by almost always fully booked workshops and the resulting surveys.

We are convinced that the project requires commitment to phase 2 right after or soon after phase 1 will conclude in order to keep the momentum of an established motivated team and to reach the necessary scale, visibility, and community involvement to make this initiative self-sustained