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Share, Discover and Run Code

Posted: Mar 07, 2019

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Researchers and developers at the University of Maryland can now share, discover and run code in the cloud using Code Ocean, a service designed to leverage the impact of published research.

Because research published in academic journals often generates unique software code, statistical analysis and algorithms, Code Ocean provides a computational reproducibility platform to share this code by linking to the associated article for free.

Ocean integrates the metadata, code, data and dependencies into a single “compute capsule” ensuring code will run--and does this within a single web interface.

UMD researchers can take advantage of the new service by participating in a test pilot offered by the University Libraries through July 4, 2019.  

Code Ocean allows researchers to:

  • Upload data and code written in any open source programming language and share it privately or publicly. Users can view, edit and run the code using a simple web browser.
  • Test the effects of changing parameters of modification of the code.
  •  Use a widget to embed a working copy of code directly into any webpage, including a personal site.
  • Make work easy to share and discover. Link working code to an associated journal article, conference proceeding or project site. 

By offering this service to the academic community, the University Libraries build on strategies in place to help UMD researchers advance their data-driven research projects. The University Libraries Digital Scholarship and Publishing unit offers a wide range of services, tools and expertise to aid researchers in the dissemination and long-term preservation of their work.

Trial access to the service is available until July 4, 2019. After the conclusion of the pilot, researchers will be asked to participate in a survey to assess its usefulness.

For questions about the pilot, or to learn more about Code Ocean as it could apply to your research, please contact library staff at