Software and research: the Institute's Blog

Top tips for better code reviews

Latest version published on 20 May, 2022.

Code review is known to be an effective way to improve software quality, foster peer learning and develop common ownership of a research software project. In practice, a code review is nothing else than a conversation between the author of the code and somebody else providing feedback on coding practices, readability or other aspects of code quality. If this sounds straightforward, an effective code review routine can be tricky to establish. Here are five tips for you to get started with code reviews, or get more of them.

Five top tips for short-term mentoring

Latest version published on 19 May, 2022.

In this guide, Heather Turner shares her top tips for how mentors can set up a successful short-term mentoring relationship.

Learning to Code from a mentor's perspective

Latest version published on 18 May, 2022.

By Mario Antonioletti, Learning to Code Mentorship Programme mentor I volunteered as a mentor as part of the SSI’s Beyond the Spreadsheet Research Software Camps. I was motivated by the fact that I wanted to set up a similar time-limited mentoring scheme for the Community of Edinburgh RSEs where synergies in domain expertise could be coupled with programming skills, or as part of the Edinburgh Carpentries where people would go back to their day jobs after a Carpentries course to try and apply what they have learned to their own projects/data where they may need a little help to get started…

Metadocencia: Nurturing educators in Spanish-speaking research communities

Latest version published on 17 May, 2022.

Last Year Paola Corrales and Yanina Bellini Saibene members from the MetaDocencia community offered the workshop From Spreadsheet to R at the Research Software Camp: Beyond the Spreadsheet. Later today (17 May 2022, they're teaching the same workshop but in Spanish (Desde las Hojas de Cálculo a R) at the Research Software Camp: Next Steps in Coding, for the benefit of Spanish-speaking research communities. In this blog post, they tell us more about MetaDocencia.

Free training resources to upskill on research software topics

Latest version published on 16 May, 2022.

Aleksandra Nenadic, SSI Training Lead, shares resources available to researchers and Research Software Engineers to upskill on various topics around software development, research data management/analysis, software project management, open and reproducible science, teaching and lesson development skills, and more.

What to attend at the Research Software Camp: Next Steps in Coding

Latest version published on 9 May, 2022.

We have a busy programme of workshops and other sessions to get involved in for different experience levels. Find out which activities you should take part in!

First steps to a guide for computational access to digital repositories

Latest version published on 4 May, 2022.

Within the digital preservation community, the term computational access is popping up more and more frequently. It is often linked to other terms such as artificial intelligence, data mining and deep neural networks. However, there is often little understanding of what these terms actually mean and how they relate to each other.

Highlights from Collaborations Workshop 2022

Latest version published on 28 April, 2022.

Rachael Ainsworth, SSI Community Manager, share some highlights from the four-day virtual event.

The SciCodes Consortium: coordinating research software registries and repositories

Latest version published on 21 April, 2022.

The SciCodes Consortium brings together editors and maintainers of academic discipline and institutional software registries and repositories.

An interview with the Workshop on Sustainable Software Sustainability organisers

Latest version published on 20 April, 2022.

The name of the workshop may sound a little odd, but it has a serious purpose. We interview the organizers of the 2021 Workshop on Sustainable Software Sustainability to learn more.