Boost your research reproducibility with Binder - Manchester

Time: 09:30 – 16:00 GMT

Venue: Bell-Burnell Lecture theatre, Schuster Annexe, Upper Brook Street, Manchester, M13 0HR

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If you are looking for an easy way to share your code with others, without worrying about the computational environment they're running or installing a long list of requirements, then Binder might be the solution for you. Binder allows you to share your software with others in the form of a single clickable link, making it easier for users and removing the need for you to worry about supporting lots of different platforms.

During this free workshop we will discuss reproducible computing environments, show examples of others’ projects in and help you learn how to prepare a binder-ready project. At the end of the workshop you will be able to take some of your own content (in a R or Jupyter notebook, or scripts that can be run in the terminal) and prepare it so that it can be used by others on

This workshop is for people who are:

  • Interested in reproducibility, containers, Docker or continuous integration;
  • Already familiar with R Markdown or Jupyter notebooks;
  • Looking to communicate their research more effectively.

This workshop is also running in London on 12th March and there is a Build a BinderHub workshop for Research Software Engineers and IT staff who are interested in setting up their own local BinderHub in Sheffield on 18th March.

The Turing Way

This workshop is being run by The Turing Way project team. The Turing Way is a handbook to support students, their supervisors, funders and journal editors in ensuring that reproducible data science is "too easy not to do". It is openly developed and any and all questions, comments and recommendations are welcome at our github repository: or in our gitter chat room. Our interdisciplinary team includes data scientists, research software engineers and librarians. We are all motivated to ensure that all results can be independently verified and built upon in future work and want to help as many people learn the skills and tools required to do so. We hope that workshop participants will also contribute their "tips and tricks" on using Binder to the book to share what they've learned with others.


9.30 - 10.00: Registration, coffee and introductions

10.00 - 10.30: Introduction to the workshop and The Turing Way

10.30 - 12.00: Why you need a reproducible computing environment and how Binder can help

12.00 - 1.00: Lunch

1.00 - 2.00: Zero to Binder, a guided tour of building a Binder resource

2.00 - 3.30: Build your own Binder (with coffee from 2.00)

3.30 - 4.00: Demonstrating your Binder, general questions, feedback and close

4.00 - 5.00: Optional hangout with instructors

We are dedicated to make this an inclusive and supportive event. Please read the code of conduct before you come along.

Some example Binders:

Office of National Statistics - a report on traffic flow as an early indicator for GDP

A book on digital signal processing, or how computers understand music

A collection of notebooks about neural networks

Example of interactive code snippets in a normal webpage