My proposal when applying for the Software Sustainability Institute’s Fellowship was to engage with all researchers at my institute, and get them talking about software, sustainable software, and best practices. As with all plans, they changed along the way—a lack of time forced me to go from a piece meal department by department interaction to an all out “let’s get everyone together in one room”. I will admit there were many fears at the beginning (will they come, will they like it, will I forget something). It all came together well, people seemed to enjoy themselves, and the discussions were encouraging and insightful. The final good sign of a meeting is the requests for another, and people asking me to give more tutorials. Let us now step back to the beginning and look at how the event was organised and how it went. Hopefully, this will encourage new fellows to branch out of their comfort zones and have the confidence to run their own events.
As part of my fellowship with the Software Sustainability Institute, I had planned to try and give talks to all departments about sustainable and reproducible software. After a hectic year, I found myself running out of time to be able to do this and conduct the training I had planned to do. I knew I had to change the plans and was thinking of ways to do this—…Continue Reading