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Citation neededBy Stephan Druskat, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Radovan Bast, University of Tromsø, Neil Chue Hong, Software Sustainability Institute, University of Edinburgh, Alexander Konovalov, University of St Andrews, Andrew Rowley, University of Manchester, and Raniere Silva, Software Sustainability Institute, University of Manchester

The citation of research software has a number of purposes, most importantly attribution and credit, but also the provision of impact metrics for funding proposals, job interviews, etc. Stringent software citation practices, as proposed by Katz et al. [1], therefore include the citation of a software version itself, rather than a paper about the software. Direct software citation also enables reproducibility of research results as the exact version can be retrieved from the citation. Unique digital object identifiers (DOIs) for software versions can already be reserved via providers such as Zenodo or figshare, but disseminating (and finding) citation information for software is still difficult…

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Fellows 2018

By Raniere Silva, Community Officer

We started recruiting for our Fellowship Programme 2018 in August 2017. 44 applications, 176 reviews and two online review meetings later, we are happy to announce our 17 new Software Sustainability Institute Fellows for 2018. With many amazing candidates, our new research software ambassadors represent some of the best people working in—and advocating for—better research software.

Compared to previous years, we noticed a drop by more than half of the number of applications, probably due the changes to this year’s application process, but every reviewer commented that the candidates were excellent and that this was the hardest year so far to select our fellows.

2018 Fellows come from eight fields in the Joint Academic Coding System (JACS) code, including Medical Sciences, Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Engineering, Computer Sciences, Social Studies and Business and Administrative Studies. Their work is supported from BBSRC, EPSRC, MRC, NERC and STFC.

We have representatives from 11 institutions in the UK, including the Cabinet Office for the first time. The University College London and the University of Sheffield are the institutions with more fellows this year (three fellows each). Our theory is that this is a…

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Kirstie WhitakerWe are very excited to announce that Kirstie Whitaker will be giving one of the keynote speeches for our Collaborations Workshop 2018 (CW18).

Kirstie Whitaker is a Research Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute in London, UK. She completed her PhD in Neuroscience at the University of California, Berkeley in 2012 and holds a BSc in Physics from the University of Bristol and an MSc in Medical Physics from the University of British Columbia. She was a postdoctoral researcher in the Brain Mapping Unit at the University of Cambridge from 2012 to 2017 and remains a senior research associate in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr Whitaker uses magnetic resonance imaging to study child and adolescent brain development and is a passionate advocate for reproducible neuroscience. She is a Fulbright scholarship alumna and 2016/17 Mozilla Fellow for Science. Kirstie was named, with her collaborator Petra Vertes, as a 2016 Global Thinker by Foreign Policy magazine.

At CW18, Kirstie will talk about culture change based on her long journey as an open science advocate. You may have met her in the past at events like…

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CardiffBy Raniere Silva, Community Officer, Software Sustainability Institute.

The Collaborations Workshop (CW) is the Institute’s premier event series. It brings together key members of the research software community including researchers, developers, managers, legal staff, administrators, publishers, funders and more who work together to explore best practices and the future of research software. The Collaborations Workshop 2018 (CW18—#CollabW18) will take place in the City of Cardiff at The School of Mathematics, Cardiff University on 26th–28th March 2018.

Register on the CW18 Eventbrite page

CW18 will focus on culture change, productivity and sustainability. Advocates of better research software or open science often cite productivity and sustainability as some of the reasons for changing research practices. But…

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fellows selection dayBy Raniere Silva, Community Officer, Software Sustainability Institute.

On 8th November we held the selection day for the shortlisted candidates to the Fellowship programme 2018. We ran the selection day online for the first time, and it went well for the 23 candidates who attended the event. The day was filled with interesting discussions and we hope to share some of these soon in the form of speed blogs.

Introductions

In previous years each candidate has presented an introduction to their professional persona, what they do and what they would do as a Fellow. This year we shared each candidate's application video in advance with the other attendees of the selection day. In the first session of the day we invited candidates to bring a conversation subject to the group. In this one hour "ice breaking" discussion, candidates talked about training and inclusivity.

Discussion session

As in previous years, discussion sessions during the selection day gave us an insight into the group and interaction skills of candidates. Each candidate participated in two groups, ideally on different subjects with different reviewers observing. Each discussion group chose a chair to keep discussions on track, a scribe to write things down and a…

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The Software Sustainability Institute are very pleased to announce Overleaf as Platinum Sponsor of the Collaborations Workshop 2018 (CW18). They are very kindly offering 1 year Overleaf Pro+Teach accounts to every attendee! Register today! Collaboration Workshop 18 will take place from Monday 26th to Wednesday 28th March 2018 at The School of Mathematics, Cardiff University.

Founded in 2012 and with over 750,000 registered users, Overleaf is an academic authorship tool that allows seamless collaboration and effortless manuscript submission, all underpinned by cloud-technology. By providing an intuitive online collaborative writing and publishing platform, Overleaf is making the process of writing, editing and publishing scientific documents quicker and easier. Researchers and academics can now write, collaborate, and publish with a single click, directly from the Overleaf web-app. Publishers and Institutions are partnering with Overleaf to provide customized writing templates, simple reference tool linking, and one-click publishing submission links. Supported by Digital Science, Overleaf aims to make science and research faster, more open and more transparent by bringing the whole scientific writing process into one place in the cloud - from idea, to writing, to review, to publication.

Attendees of CW18 will also have the opportunity to interact…

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GUADECBy Raniere Silva, Software Sustainability Institute, David Pérez-Suárez, University College London.

Last year Raniere found out that the GNOME User and Developer European Conference (GUADEC) 2017 would be hosted in Manchester and that he should attend. Early this year, during Science Together, Raniere mentioned GUADEC to David Pérez-Suárez and we agreed to show up at the conference to find out what we could learn from GNOME about onboarding newcomers and best software development practices.

Onboarding Newcomers

GUADEC

All open source projects struggle with onboarding newcomers. And, most of the time, driving yourself to the first contribution is a journey that will have old source code, out-of-date documentation, undocumented culture and other rocks on the way. Thankfully, many contributors to open source are working collaboratively with other…

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Fellowship Programme 2018By Raniere Silva, Software Sustainability Institute.

Applications for the Software Sustainability Institute Fellowship Programme 2018 close on Monday, 9th October 2017 at 23:59 BST.

Joining the Software Sustainability Institute Fellow community means much more than just receiving funding to attend or organise conferences, workshops and other events. Some of our Fellows have said that it is  "a great way to collaborate across disciplines", "a really worthwhile experience that I cannot recommend more" and "a great opportunity to meet friendly new people", among other positive comments.

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Open Science, that is, the trio of open access, open data, and open methods, is not a new concept in the scientific world. Despite the fact that Budapest Open Access Initiative is more than 15 years old and the level of openness among researchers rises continually, there is still a long way before open science becomes so ubiquitous we simply call it “science”.

A significant step for humanities, a discipline not commonly associated with rigorous scientific methods, is the creation of the Open Science Interest Group (OSIG) within the largest archaeological community of the Society for American Archaeology. In the recently published manifesto, Ben Marwick, the group creator, argues that an adoption of practices preached by the open science movement can significantly benefit individual scholars as well as the discipline as a whole. At first, the Interest Group will focus on "incentivizing open practices by issuing Center for Open Science (COS) badges for Open Data and Open Materials for display on qualifying posters and slide presentations at the SAA Annual Meeting and other professional venue" and "conduct workshops using Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry pedagogy and materials".


Archaeologists interested in supporting the Society for American Archaeology Open Science Interest Group are welcome to subscribe to…

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Launch webinarBy Raniere Silva, Community Officer

On 15th September 2017, we ran the Fellowship Programme 2018 Launch Webinar—an opportunity for those interested in our Fellowship Programme to ask their questions and have a immediate answer. This time, we had the opportunity to listen to Nikoleta Glynatsi, Gary Leeming, David Perez-Suarez, Iza A. Romanowska and Melody Sandells talking about their experience as Institute Fellows. Below you will find highlights of each one of the presentations.

Melody Sandells

She defined the Fellowship as nothing less than "life changing" and "the best thing she’s ever done". Melody encouraged people to apply even if the term "sustainable software" is a bit alien for them because this was her case before applying. As she said, after reading a few pages on the website you might discover that some of the things that you already care about fall  under the Institute’s "sustainable software" umbrella. Melody also described the…

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