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Research Software Engineer Community Template

This is a community template for a research software engineer group. It is provided for you to copy to your GitHub organization to then have a portal for your center.

How does it work?

The site offers the following features:

  • A site wide search, and “Find an RSE” search to help users find support they need.
  • An optional Twitter feed if your group shares an alias.
  • Individual pages for your site members. Each individual can share a biography and areas of expertise to better offer support to users.

Creating your Community

You can create your repository from the template here.

1. About your Group

You can modify the pages/’ file to add information about your center. This will show up on the Community -> About tab.

2. Support Your Offer

In the pages/ you should describe the support that your group offers. This will be searched by users to find help, so be sure to include details about the resources and services that your group offers.

3. Add People

Any interested RSE at your institution can a page to the _people collections folder. The header of the file should include links, social media, and descriptors;

name: Antonio T. Rex
title: Research Software Engineer
image: rex.jpg
github: rseng
twitter: dinosaur

And they are free to write whatever they please in the content area! Images should be relative paths specified above, and expected to be in assets/img/people. A biography and description of expertise is usually appropriate, as the content will be searchable for users to find support for areas of interest.

4. Write Posts

If you want to use your community space to write articles or post news, you can do so by adding a new markdown file to the _posts folder. We’ve left a few entries there for you as examples. If you want to add your community site to any feed syndication that supports xml, there is a feed of posts exposed at https://localhost:4000/community-template/feed.xml.

5. Social Media

If your group has a Twitter alias, define the twitter variable in the _config.yml file to show a feed of posts on the right side of the main page. By default this is disabled, and individual engineers are able to define their own Twitter aliases in their personal pages.


To develop the site, clone the repository and then build with jekyll:

bundle exec jekyll serve

How do I get involved?

This is primarily a GitHub project, so we invite you to collaborate on the template code.