"Supporting Research Software Community Though Training"

Posted by a.pawlik on 8 March 2016 - 11:17am

The Institute's training activities have received a lot of interest from various international projects and institutions focusing on supporting research. Recently the Institute's work was presented at the eResearch New Zealand Conference where a number of participants from various research organisations at the Southern Hemisphere were interested in training in computational skills essential for modern-world research.

The eResearch New Zealand conference took place in Queenstown, on 9-11th February 2016, allowing for stunning views as a background to presentations. Aleksandra Pawlik, the Institute's Training Leader gave a talk as a part of the Training track. The talk titled "Supporting Research Software Community Though Training", focused on the development of Software and Data Carpentry in the UK as well as the Institute's work towards supporting the Doctoral Training Centres in the UK.

Several talks at the conference discussed the efforts undertaken in New Zealand and Australia in terms of digital skills for researchers, data management plans and also software citations. The latter was discussed by Robert Peters from ORCID and Alan Hyndman from Figshare. In their presentation they referenced the Journal of Open Research Software (whose Editor-in-Chief is the Director of the Institute, Neil Chue Hong). At one of the final sessions of the conference Jonah Duckles, Software Carpentry Executive Director talked about the lessons learnt from running the project. The discussion which followed provided an opportunity to describe how the Institute's work in the UK scaled up the workshops across the country.

There was a lot of interest in the Institute's approaches to supporting researchers and research software. It clearly shows that the Software Sustainability Institute sets best practices which are effective and applicable not only within the UK but also internationally.