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By Raniere Silva, Community Officer, Software Sustainability Institute, and Shoaib Sufi, Community Lead, Software Sustainability Institute. As part of the third phase of The Software Sustainability Institute, the team at the University of Manchester is searching for one new full-time staff member to join our "Better Software Better Research" campaign in the capacity of Research Software Community Officer or Research Software Community Manager. Although the role is described in the job advert, this blog provides additional context.

By Alex Morley, Institute Fellow & Mozilla Fellow It’s not a new concept. But when people talk to me about improving the scientific process it really resonates with me when they talk about feedback loops. This framework is broad enough to encompass most ways in which we can think about improving science, but also makes explicit what actions need to be taken, and where bottlenecks are likely to arise. Here are a few examples of how people have used these cycles to make/explain progress/problems in scientific processes.
By Raniere Silva, Community Officer, Software Sustainability Institute. The Software Sustainability Institute's Collaborations Workshop 2019 (CW19) is a fantastic opportunity to discover communities of practice around open science and software sustainability. Find out more about some of the communities that will be represented at CW19.

News

Gateways 2019 (from 23rd to 25th September 2019 in San Diego, California) is now accepting submissions of papers, demos, tutorials, and panels (2–4 pages) on the topic of gateways for science, engineering, or other disciplines. Gateways are user-friendly interfaces to scientific computing, data, and other domain-specific resources to support research and education.
The Software Sustainability Institute website will be down for scheduled maintenance on Thursday 21st March 2019 between 7:30 to 8:30 GMT. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

The University of Edinburgh has been announced as host for the FORCE2019 annual conference, which will be held on 16th and 17th October 2019 at the BT Murrayfield Rugby Stadium, with pre-conference workshops at the Hilton Grosvenor Hotel on 15th October.  

Events

The Workshop on Sustainable Software Sustainability 2019 (WOSSS19) will be held from 24-26 April 2019. Co-organised by DANS, the Software Sustainability Institute and the Netherlands eScience Centre, WOSSS19 will bring together key organisational and domain decision makers and knowledgeable people in the area of software sustainability.

In affiliation with The Carpentries, The Software Sustainability Institute is organising the first European CarpentryConnect event in Manchester from 25th to 27th June 2019.
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.

"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