2018 has been an action-packed and successful year for the Institute. We’ve organised and attended workshops around research software and training, collaborated with an array of research projects from all domains, recruited and offered support to another cohort of Fellows, among other activities.
As the year is coming to an end, we thought we’d gather some of our best stories to share them with our readers. So, here’s what we’ve been up to.
Every year, with the help of the Institute, our Fellows take further steps towards good practices in research software in their areas of research/work. If you’re passionate about research software, consider submitting an application to join the 2019 cohort. We will be running a Launch Webinar early next year to give an overview of the Programme and answer any questions related to the Fellowship.
Back in September, Steve Crouch, Institute Software Lead, put together and delivered a training workshop for CESSSDA, the Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives. The workshop aimed to raise the baseline of researcher skills, provided guidance on how to run a hackathon, and reviewed the developer technical guidance for the EURISE Technical Network.
Earlier this year, Mike Jackson, Institute RSE, collaborated alongside colleagues at EPCC to help the PickCells project get into a state suitable for more widespread promotion to encourage deeper community engagement. The project lead, Sally Lowell, has now secured a Wellcome Trust enrichment award to keep working on improving the usability of the project. We’ve also heard from DMACRYS that our work has been responsible for 15 to 55 publications and has been helpful with uptake from developers and researchers.
In January 2018, RSE leaders from around the world attended the first International RSE leaders workshop, organised by UK RSE and funded by the Institute’s EPSRC USA-UK RSE Travel Fund. The 41 people from 11 countries that took part in the workshop have been leading or setting up research software groups, national networks or initiatives to improve access to software skills in research. The organisers have collated the outputs of the workshop in a poster.
2018 has seen new RSE groups forming in the UK and abroad. Mario Antonioletti, Institute RSE, and Giacomo Peru, Institute Project Officer, have co-organised the first couple of Community Edinburgh RSE (CERSE) meetings. The aim is to help build a self-sustaining community in Edinburgh that will be able to support its members and create a sense of community.
In past years, the Institute has been publishing and collating data from individual surveys in various countries in the past two years to gather information about RSEs. This year, we have published the first international RSE Survey calling for RSEs from all over the world to participate. The survey is still open – if you’re coding in or for academia/research, you can help us by filling it in before 31st December.