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Familiar faces: Videos on better and sustainable research software from Collaborations Workshop 2019

Latest version published on 16 May, 2019.

By Raniere Silva, Software Sustainability Institute, and Selina Aragon, Software Sustainability Institute. Photo by Kushagra Kevat. Inspired by the videos created by Sustain during their 2018 Summit, we asked some of the Collaborations Workshop 2019 attendees to share their thoughts about research software sustainability. Each video contains a question relating to software in research, and each interviewee shared their views with us.

What can Research Software Learn from Human-Centred Design?

Latest version published on 16 May, 2019.

By Alexander Morley, Software Sustainability Institute Fellow This post was first published in Alex Morley's blog. Note: A couple weeks ago I went on a week long residency learning about human- or user-centred design. I learnt a lot, but am obviously not an expert. Thus the aim of this post is to share what I learned and my opinion about why a wider consideration of these techniques could be a good thing, rather than tell you how to run your project.

A to Z index of CarpentryConnect Manchester 2019

Latest version published on 9 May, 2019.

By Malvika Sharan, Community Outreach Coordinator at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) Heidelberg We are excited about meeting you at the first European CarpentryConnect taking place in Manchester from 25 to 27 June 2019. CarpentryConnect events are regional conferences, organised to strengthen local communities by creating opportunities to exchange knowledge and build computational skills.

From Punchcards to Particle Accelerators: Modernising Fortran

Latest version published on 8 May, 2019.

By Becky Arnold, University of Sheffield. On the 4th and 5th of April I attended a workshop on modernising Fortran at the University of Manchester. In technological terms, Fortran is kind of a living dinosaur, like a crocodile. The difference is crocodiles have survived basically by having bigger teeth than everything around them. Fortran survived partly due to its inherent strengths, but mostly by evolving and expanding. This workshop focused on how the language has changed over time, and how to bring older Fortran code up to date.

Introducing pydbgen: A random dataframe/database table generator

Latest version published on 6 May, 2019.

By Tirthajyoti Sarkar, ON Semiconductor. This post was first published in Towards Data Science blog. Often, beginners in SQL or data science struggle with the matter of easy access to a large sample database file (.DB or .sqlite) for practicing SQL commands. Would it not be great to have a simple tool or library to generate a large database with multiple tables, filled with data of one’s own choice?

CarpentryConnect Manchester 2019 – Who is Sponsoring & Supporting Us?

Latest version published on 2 May, 2019.

By Aleksandra Nenadic, Training Lead, The Software Sustainability Institute. CarpentryConnect Manchester 2019 (#CCMcr19) conference in June will be the key community-building and networking event for The Carpentries' community in the UK and Europe for 2019. It will be an opportunity to bring together newer and more experienced community members to share knowledge, network, develop new skills and strategies for training and building strong local training communities.

Why software is like a puppy

Latest version published on 25 April, 2019.

By Anne Wärme Lykke, Communications Officer at DTU Biosustain This post was originally published at the DTU Biosustain website. Software is like a puppy – it needs attendance, maintenance and care, or it dies. This and many other points were on the agenda at a 2-day workshop called “Software in the life sciences: development, usability, sustainability”.

Can we increase our impact by reducing it? Thoughts on environmental sustainability at CarpentryConnect Manchester 2019

Latest version published on 23 April, 2019.

By Aleksandra Nenadic, Training Lead, Software Sustainability Institute While we will undeniably create a sizeable carbon footprint by travelling to and from Manchester this June for CarpentryConnect (#CCMcr19), I nevertheless wanted to explore the ways in which we can reduce our impact on the environment at the conference.

10 things I didn’t do at my first unconference

Latest version published on 17 April, 2019.

By Emmy Tsang, eLife. Here’s a brutally honest account of what didn’t happen at the Software Sustainability Institute's Collaborations Workshop – and my first un-conference ever – last week.

Announcing the 2019 Software Sustainability Institute Fellows

Latest version published on 11 April, 2019.

By Raniere Silva, Community Software Sustainability Institute. Join us in welcoming the 17 new Software Sustainability Institute Fellows for 2019 and the first cohort as part of the third phase of the Institute. We are incredibly happy we received around 80 applications this year, almost doubling numbers from last edition!