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By Raniere Silva, Software Sustainability Institute, Stephan Druskat, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. ConfOA is the Brazil-Portugal Conference about Open Access and the 9th edition was hosted in Lisbon, Portugal between the 2nd and 4th October 2018. Although the conference only has open access in its name, it is the place to talk about the broader concept of open science with many stakeholders.

By Raniere Silva, Software Sustainability Institute, and Georg Link, University of Nebraska at Omaha. Open communities lack a shared language to talk about metrics and share best practices. Metrics are aggregate information that summarise raw data into a single number, stripping away any context of data. Pedagogical metric displays are an idea for metrics that include an explanation and educates the user on how to interpret the metric. Metrics are inherently biased and can lead to discrimination. Many problems brought up during the MozFest session are worked on in the CHAOSS project.
By Raniere Silva, Software Sustainability Institute.Documentation is, alongside version control, testing/continuous integration and others, one of the best practices for software development and is crucial for new users. In the recent years, with the professionalism of open source drive by companies such as Red Hat, Anaconda (formerly Continuum Analytics), RStudio, Overleaf, we saw not only releases come out faster but also documentation be richer.


The Software Sustainability Institute website will be at risk during scheduled maintenance on Friday 16th November 2018 from 7:00am to 8:30am GMT.
Niall Beard, from the University of Manchester, has written a guide for the Software Sustainability Institute on "Adding to a GitHub Pages site." 

The Edinburgh RSE Community welcomes anyone in the Edinburgh area, active or interested in the area of re


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