A guide to make your repository Binder-ready

Share your scientific, journalistic and educational material with the world in a reproducible and interactive way

About the workshop

The myBinder.org project drastically lowers the bar to sharing and re-using software. For the user to try out someone else's work requires only clicking a single link. For the author to prepare a binder-ready project is much easier than having to support many different platforms and for many projects involves little additional work. However Binder itself is a tool that requires some investment to master. The majority of researchers, journalists and educators have not yet discovered the Binder project or have heard it mentioned but do not know how to get started.

At this workshop you will learn how others are using myBinder.org and related tools. At the end of the workshop you will be able to take some of your own content (in a R or Jupyter notebook) and prepare it so that it can be used by others on myBinder.org.

This workshop is for you if:

  • You are already familiar with Jupyter notebooks or Rmarkdown
  • You enjoy sharing new knowledge with your peers/colleagues
  • You are willing to learn how to better share your materials
  • You want to know how others are sharing their materials and want to share your own experiences

Each workshop:

  • lasts one day
  • relies on active participants who are happy to lead discussions
  • is limited to 20 participants
  • is free to attend
  • is organised by a group of volunteers
  • is supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Mozilla Foundation

Some example Binders:


These are the confirmed locations for the build a binder workshops. For details on how to apply to take part checkout each location's page.


University of Birmingham: 17 July, 2018

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EPFL: 14 September, 2018

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Berlin: late September

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09:00 - 09:15
Doors open
09:15 - 09:30
Welcome, admin, safety, CoC, goal of the day
09:15 - 09:30
Introduction round, who are you, what do you want to get out of this
09:45 - 10:30
Introduction to binder, showcasing creative uses of binder
10:30 - 11:00
Coffee break
11:00 - 12:30
Zero2Binder - How to get a repository to work on mybinder.org
12:30 - 13:30
13:30 - 14:00
Quiet work time - catch up on your email or chat with others
14:00 - 14:01
Welcome back
14:01 - 15:15
Work on your own Binder - get your own repository working on mybinder.org
15:15 - 15:45
Coffee break
15:45 - 16:45
16:45 - 17:15
Cool things from today, show and tell what you worked on
17:15 - 17:30
Wrap up, where to next?
Hang out if you want to.