Code Ocean Computational Reproducibility Pilot at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Starting February 15th, 2019 and ending August 27th, 2019, the University Libraries at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will be offering trial access to the Code Ocean cloud-based collaboration research platform, designed to power researchers’ work from the beginning of a project through publication.

Code Ocean has a free basic plan for individual researchers; the institution-level plan offers more storage and compute time, access to shared compute and new features , and is useful for managing data and code across research groups or labs. Researchers can use the Code Ocean development environment to write code in virtual versions of JupyterLab, RStudio, and terminal create, collaborate on, or upload data and code written in any open source programming language as well as MATLAB and Stata. To collaborate on or publish their work, researchers can link working code within a self-contained computational environment to an associated journal article, conference proceeding, or project site. Code Ocean also mints a DOI for the code to be used for attribution and permanent connection to any published work.

To join the pilot sign up using your UNC email address.


IMPORTANT: New updates to Code Ocean now live

We have released Git integration to Code Ocean to help researchers record a history of all the changes within a compute capsule over the life of a project. Pilot users will receive priority support and office hours to aid you in your Code Ocean to Git integration tasks.

Code Ocean now incorporates the basics of Git to power your research, including:

  • Committing changes
  • Importing repositories from other Git hosting sites
  • Cloning your repository so you can work locally in another Git-enabled environment and push those changes back to Code Ocean when you are ready
  • Support within Cloud Workstation (our virtual development environment) so you can perform Git commands just as you would on your local machine

To learn more about our latest Git update, visit our knowledgebase that has in-depth tutorials on how to make the most out of our new features.

Columbia researchers who join the pilot will receive:

  • The upgraded institution plan with increased storage and computing quota, access to shared compute and new features for the duration of the pilot
  • Cloud Workstation to develop or test code on a powerful cloud computing machine using familiar tools and workflows, including JupyterLab, RStudio, and terminal
  • Git functionality within Code Ocean
  • Live support from 9AM to 5PM EDT on weekdays except holidays

In addition, all data and code will be fully accessible, retained, and exportable during and after the pilot, allowing you to continue your work.

As part of the trial, researchers will be asked to participate in a short survey (< 5 minutes to complete). Participation in the survey will allow staff members from the Library to assess the usefulness of the Code Ocean platform for Carolina researchers. For questions about the pilot, or to learn more about Code Ocean as it could apply to your research, please contact library staff at [email protected]. Pilot now extended to end of August.

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