The Software Sustainability Institute

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By Sarah Maddox, Technical Writer. Google Open Source has announced a new program called Season of Docs. I’m excited because the goals of this program reflect two passions of mine: to help technical writers get started in the world of open source software, and to help open source projects build great documentation. I’m also excited because I’m on the program development team for Season of Docs.

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.

News

Early-bird registrations will close on 10th April. Register now to get an early-bird rate. In affiliation with The Carpentries, the Software Sustainability Institute are organising the first European CarpentryConnect event in Manchester from 25th - 27th June 2019.
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.  

Come and find out about The Software Sustainability Institute at the University of Edinburgh on Tuesday 26th March at 14:00, in the Bayes Centre, University of Edinburgh. Neil Chue Hong, Institute Director, and Mario Antonioletti, Research Software Engineer, will give an overview of the important role that software plays in research and innovation and describe some of the Institute’s activities around the research software community in the UK and in Edinburgh. In particular, Neil & Mario will present different opportunities to collaborate with us and connect you to a wider research software community.

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