Software and research: the Institute's Blog

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!

Highlights from Collaborations Workshop 2019

Latest version published on 11 April, 2019.

By Raniere Silva, Software Sustainability Institute. Collaborations Workshop 2019 (CW19) took place from Monday 1st to Wednesday 3rd April 2019 in the West Park Teaching Hub at Loughborough University, Loughborough. We’re still catching up after three full days dedicated to interoperability, documentation, training and sustainability.

How is HDR UK addressing the digital skills shortage in health data science through short training courses?

Latest version published on 10 April, 2019.

By Gabriella Rustici, Associate Director of Training at HDR UK. A shortage of statistical and computational skills [1] is well recognised in the health care sector and advances in technologies such as Artificial Intelligence [2] (AI) will create an even greater skill mismatch in the future.

Dockter: A container image builder for researchers

Latest version published on 8 April, 2019.

By Nokome Bentley, Stencila, Aleksandra Pawlik, Stencila. Introduction by Raniere Silva, Software Sustainability Institute. In 2017, the Software Sustainability Institute organised the Docker Containers for Reproducible Research Workshop. Two years later, containers are more present today in research, powering many platforms where coding is being developed and executed. "Dockter: A container image builder for researchers" was originally published on opensource.com and is replicated here with permission from the authors.

Digital Forensics in the House of Lords: six themes relevant to historians (Part Two)

Latest version published on 5 April, 2019.

By James Baker, Senior Lecturer at the University of Sussex, and Software Sustainability Institute Fellow. This two-part post was simultaneously published at Cradle in Caricature.  In Part One of this blog series on the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee  inquiry into forensic science, I discussed oral evidence pertaining to digital forensics – a branch of forensic science concerned with the recovery and investigation of material found in digital devices – and their relevance to my home discipline, History.

Interoperability and the FAIR principles – a discussion

Latest version published on 4 April, 2019.

By Sarah Maddox, Technical Writer This post was originally published at Ffeathers. This week I’m attending a conference titled Collaborations Workshop 2019, run by the Software Sustainability Institute of the UK. The conference focuses on interoperability, documentation, training and sustainability. I’m blogging my notes from the talks I attend. All credit goes to the presenter, and all mistakes are my own.

Digital Forensics in the House of Lords: six themes relevant to historians (Part One)

Latest version published on 5 April, 2019.

By James Baker, Senior Lecturer at the University of Sussex, and Software Sustainability Institute Fellow. In 2017 the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee opened an inquiry into forensic science. The inquiry is still open and has fours areas of focus: the forensic science research landscape, the use of forensic science in the Criminal Justice System, standards and regulation, and digital forensics.

Season of Docs fostering open source collaboration with tech writers

Latest version published on 26 March, 2019.

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.

We're Hiring: Research Software Community Officer/Manager

Latest version published on 19 March, 2019.

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.