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By Raniere Silva, Community Officer, Software Sustainability Institute. We are pleased to announce applications to our Fellowship Programme 2019 are now open. Below we detail the application process and what to expect from us during the recruitment and post-recruitment stages.

By Alejandra Gonzalez-Beltran, Software Sustainability Institute Fellow. This year I was invited to attend the Interoperability of Metadata Standards in Cross Domain Science Health and Social Science Applications workshop, which was held at the beginning of October 2018 in the Schloss Dagstuhl, Leibniz Center for Informatics, in Wadern, Germany.
By Jeremy Cohen, Niels Drost, Vahid Garousi, Dafne van Kuppevelt, Reed Milewicz, Ben van Werkhoven, and Lasse Wollatz. Software plays an increasingly important role in all aspects of the modern scientific enterprise. The practice of developing scientific software, however, is still young and uncultivated compared to more traditional methods and instruments.

News

Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research at the University of Manchester is running "Data Carpentry workshop for Social Scientists with R" on the 13th and 14th December 2018. This two-day workshop is aimed at social scientists seeking to increase their skills in data management, particularly in dealing with new forms of complex and unstructured data.
Last September, a training initiative, called Edinburgh Carpentries, based on The Carpentries model was launched at the University of Edinburgh, in collaboration with other Higher Education and research institutions in the area. Leading this initiative, Giacomo Peru, Institute Project Officer, and Sean McGeever, Computing Manager at the University of Edinburgh, are working towards securing stable institutional support for administration and coordination and to widen community participation, essential for the supply of instructors and helpers at the workshops.

We are pleased to announce that applications to the Fellowship Programme 2019 open on Monday 10th December 2018. The deadline for application is Sunday 3 February 2019. The Institute will be running a Fellows 2019 Launch Webinar on Friday 11 January 2019 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm UK time. 

Events

Collaborations Workshop 2019 (CW19) will take place from Monday 1st to Wednesday 3rd April 2019 at Loughborough University in the West Park Teaching Hub. The Software Sustainability Institute’s Collaborations Workshop series brings together researchers, developers, innovators, managers, funders, publishers, leaders and educators to explore best practices and the future of research software.

The Gateways Conference will take place from Tuesday through Thursday, 25th – 27th September 2018 at the University of Texas, Austin. Science gateways connect components of advanced cyber-infrastructure behind streamlined, user-friendly interfaces. Join gateway creators and enthusiasts to learn, share, connect, and shape the future of gateways.
HPC Carpentry will take place on 25th and 26th July 2018 at the University of Leeds. This course is aimed at researchers who have little or no experience of using high performance or high throughput computing but are interested to learn how it could help their research, how they could use it and how it provides additional performance. You need to have previous experience working with the Unix Shell. For a brief introduction to bash, you can refer to the Software Carpentry material available online. You don't need to have any previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop.

"We are in a position to fundamentally reorganise the heart of the software. By doing so, this will enable us to maintain the software into the future and facilitate the process of adding new functionality to the software ... SSI can assist in having software usable by others not just for a few months or a year, but rather for a much longer software lifetime"

- Eric Rexstad, Distance