Software and research: the Institute's Blog

Best Practices for Software Registries and Repositories

Latest version published on 4 August, 2021.

Why scientific software registries and repositories are important, why we wanted to create a list of best practices for such registries and repositories, the process we followed, what the best practices include, and what the next steps for this community are.

Increasing Sustainability and Equality, Diversity & Inclusion in the R Project

Latest version published on 4 August, 2021.

Introducing RSE Fellow Heather Turner.

Six tips for building communities of practice

Latest version published on 3 August, 2021.

Communities of practice (CoP) are a specific type of community focused on enabling social learning i.e. through their interactions with one another (their “practice”), members advance their knowledge and develop new skills. Understandably, these are increasingly important across the STEM ecosystem, and this post describes six key considerations for convenors or community managers looking to successfully nurture their own CoP.

Using the SSI Event Organisation Guide to plan the first Research Software Camp

Latest version published on 29 July, 2021.

The Software Sustainability Institute’s (SSI) Research Software Camp on research accessibility took place from 21 February to 5 March 2021. In this post, we will share how we used relevant sections of the SSI Event Organisation Guide to plan, organise, and deliver the Camp.

Supporting reproducibility in STFC science

Latest version published on 28 July, 2021.

RSE Fellow Ed Bennett from Swansea University introduces himself and his Fellowship plans.

5 top tips to organise a small event

Latest version published on 26 July, 2021.

In December the SSI released the first version of our Event Organisation Guide in which we collated different experiences in running events. In this post, we talk about our five top tips, based on the guide, to organise and run a successful small event or workshop.

Introducing 2021 RSE Fellow James Knight

Latest version published on 21 July, 2021.

Introducing 2021 RSE Fellow James Knight from the University of Sussex. Read about his background and fellowship plans here.

Software for the birds

Latest version published on 21 July, 2021.

SSI Fellow Philipp Boersch-Supan writes about how the advancements in technology have left a huge mark on ornithology in recent years. 

Mapping Research Council Data Policies to Support Digital Tools and Skills in the Arts and Humanities

Latest version published on 15 July, 2021.

Johanna Walker writes about mapping policies and mechanisms provided by UKRI and other funders and stakeholders to support and promote digital skills in Arts and Humanities research.

Bringing Research Software Engineering to Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics

Latest version published on 14 July, 2021.

Introducing 2021 RSE Fellow Andrew Brown.