Software and research: the Institute's Blog

SciKit-Surgery: compact libraries for surgical navigation

Latest version published on 13 July, 2020.

By Stephen Thompson, Research Associate at WEISS, University College London. At WEISS we are developing the SciKit-Surgery libraries to support researchers in creating better software, and to enable faster translation of research to clinical practice.

Efficient and beautiful data visualisation: the finessing steps

Latest version published on 15 June, 2020.

Figures are a powerful way to tell a story with data. When artfully made, a figure can set the scene, like the first pages of a book, grab your attention and lure you in to find out more. It can surprise you or confirm what you’ve suspected all along, and finally, leave you with a new piece of knowledge.

CW20 speed blog: How do we persuade funders to support software maintenance?

Latest version published on 10 June, 2020.

Most modern-day research involves the use of software, and research software itself is increasingly recognised as a key output of research by the research community. Software requires maintenance to remain useful, and that calls for a long-term, sustained investment.

Evidence for the importance of research software

Latest version published on 8 June, 2020.

This blog analyses work evidencing the importance of research software to research outcomes, to enable the research software community to find useful evidence to share with key influencers. This analysis considers papers relating to meta-research, policy, community, education and training, research breakthroughs and specific software.

CW20 speed blog: Why mycode.R_final.v2_usethisone is not helping your workflow

Latest version published on 5 June, 2020.

By Olly Butters (editor), Esther Plomp, Sarah Gibson, Eirini Zormpa, Bezaye Tesfaye, Tudor Amariei Developing your ideal workflow is hard. We think one of the most important parts, relevant to almost everyone, is version control.

Research Data Management as a national service

Latest version published on 4 June, 2020.

By Alastair Downie, Head of IT at The Gurdon Institute, University of Cambridge This blog post was first published on the IT and Research Data Management in the Gurdon Institute blog.

Critique software, but understand the constraints it’s written under

Latest version published on 2 June, 2020.

Demonising researchers who publish their code discourages openness, say Neil Chue Hong and Simon Hettrick.

Don't be afraid of synthetic data

Latest version published on 2 June, 2020.

Datasets are often restricted for valid reasons such as patient confidentiality in health research. However, this can pose problems for the reproducibility and scrutiny of the research. Synthetic datasets can be used to overcome some of the problems that arise from working with restricted data, and more researchers need to be brave enough to start using them.

CW20 speed blog: Challenges, solutions, and advantages of growing communities online (aka be upfront about the creepy stuff!)

Latest version published on 28 May, 2020.

By Ben Krikler (editor), Shoaib Sufi, Radovan Bast and Jo Leng

CW20 speed blog: How to engage Research Group Leaders in sustainable software practices

Latest version published on 27 May, 2020.

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By Emma