Software and research: the Institute's Blog

Learnings from a software sustainability health check

Latest version published on 18 August, 2021.

Miquel Duran-Frigola, Chief Scientific Officer and Co-Founder of the Ersilia Open Source Initiative, underwent the online evaluation offered by the Software Sustainability Institute.

Behind the scenes: SSI Event Organisation Guide

Latest version published on 13 August, 2021.

Work on the Event Organisation Guide (SSI-EOG) started around the end of Q2 in 2018. Eventually, it was released as one of our official guides in December 2020. How did it all begin, why did we produce it and what was the journey. In this blog we explore the how and why of the SSI-EOG.

Introducing 2021 RSE Fellow Domhnall Carlin

Latest version published on 9 September, 2021.

2021 RSE Fellow Domhnall Carlin introduces his Fellowship plans.

Working for ELIXIR UK: the Data Stewardship Community Manager role

Latest version published on 12 August, 2021.

ELIXIR-UK are looking for a Data Stewardship Community Manager to oversee and develop a new Data Stewardship Fellowship programme and work with a small team to coordinate the delivery of training to a national audience of life science researchers, as part of their newly UKRI funded FAIR Data Stewardship Training Project.

How do you help build intermediate software engineering skills and help people go beyond the basics?

Latest version published on 9 August, 2021.

The SSI and many institutions offer researchers training in the basics of programming and data analysis, but what’s the best way to build on those skills to enable people to build better, more sustainable software?

Beyond technical fixes: the role of research software engineering in creating fairer and accountable socio-technical systems

Latest version published on 5 August, 2021.

By SSI Fellow Yadira Sánchez.

Best Practices for Software Registries and Repositories

Latest version published on 5 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 9 September, 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.