The Software Sustainability Institute presented its inaugural Research Software Camp on research accessibility, from Monday 22 February to Friday 5 March 2021. This free online event encompassed live sessions, web resources (such as guides), and social media activities.
The Camp focussed on different aspects of research accessibility, ranging from making tools, techniques, datasets, software and protocols used in research, reproducible, open and sustainable, to exploring formats and tools to facilitate and improve accessibility for the disabled.
The aim was to bring together people working with research and research software from any career stage and research area to explore and discuss the state of research culture and encourage better practices around research accessibility.
Guides and blog posts that were published as part of the Research Software Camp:
- Resources to help make your research accessible, by the SSI Communications team.
- How to enhance the inclusivity and accessibility of your online calls, by Yo Yehudi and Malvika Sharan
- Highlights of week 1.
- Highlights of week 2.
- Top tips for managing your open-source project community effectively, by Malin Sandström.
- How to make your script ready for publication, by Carina Haupt.
- How can you make research data accessible? By Esther Plomp.
- Top tips for making the most out of Binder, by The Turing Way.
The Research Software Camp is completely free, but please register so we have an idea on numbers. You will get links to all sessions a few days before they start.
Chris Hartgerink’s keynote talk (pre-recorded) & live Q&A
Chris Hartgerink, from Liberate Science, delivered a pre-recorded keynote talk on the "Social Model of Inaccessibility." This was followed by a live Q&A session with Chris as part of the Research Software Camp.
The live Q&A session took place on 24 February via Zoom, and allowed participants to ask questions and start conversations around his talk.
Chris Hartgerink's keynote talk abstract.
Workshop: Sustainable Software Development for Researchers
This workshop was run by Carina Haupt, Head of Group Software at the German Aerospace Centre. It consisted of two sessions on Thursday 25 February and Friday 26 February.
In this workshop, participants learned about the basic steps to prepare code for sharing with others and make it ready for citation in a research paper.
Workshop: Boost your research reproducibility with Binder
The workshop was run by The Turing Way on Wednesday 3rd March.
During this free workshop, we discussed reproducible computing environments and why they're important, showed examples of others’ projects in mybinder.org and helped participants learn how to prepare a binder-ready project. By the end of the workshop participants could take some of their own content (in a R or Jupyter Notebook, or scripts that can be run in the terminal) and prepare it so that it can be used by others on mybinder.org.
Code of Conduct
We are dedicated to providing a welcoming and supportive environment for all people, regardless of background or identity. By participating at this conference, participants accept to abide by both the Software Sustainability Institute's Code of Conduct, and accept the procedures by which any Code of Conduct incidents are resolved. Any form or behaviour to exclude, intimidate, or cause discomfort is a violation of the Code of Conduct.
In order to foster a positive and professional learning environment we encourage the following kinds of behaviours in all platforms and events (including social events organised at this conference):
Use welcoming and inclusive language
Be respectful of different viewpoints and experiences
Gracefully accept constructive criticism
Focus on what is best for the community
Show courtesy and respect towards other community members
If you believe someone is violating the Code of Conduct, we ask that you report it to the main Code of Conduct contact for this event: Selina Aragon, by email or by sending a private Zoom chat at one of the live sessions. Selina will take the appropriate action to address the situation.
About the Research Software Camps
The SSI runs free online Research Software Camps twice a year over the course of two weeks. Each Camp focusses on introducing and exploring a topic around research software, thus starting discussions among various research communities.
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