Software and research: the Institute's Blog

The SSI staff's feelgood favourites

Latest version published on 20 December, 2021.

As we come to the end of 2021, the staff at the Software Sustainability Institute reflect on the things they watched, read or listened to over the last year that have made them feel good!

Research software highlights from 2021

Latest version published on 17 December, 2021.

As we come to the end of the year we’re taking a look back at some of the success stories in research software from 2021.

Festive stress: A research software engineer’s perspective

Latest version published on 16 December, 2021.

SSI Fellow Dave Horsfall discusses dealing with stress in the run up to Christmas.

Scaling up unit testing using parameterisation

Latest version published on 15 December, 2021.

This guide is the second in the Unit Testing for Scale and Profit series. As our code increases in size and particularly complexity, we should expect our number of tests to increase too, which means more time writing tests. Fortunately there is something that can help with this burden which we'll look at in this guide: parameterised tests!

Mental Health in Research Software Engineering

Latest version published on 14 December, 2021.

SSI Fellow Dave Horsfall talks about his work to improve the mental health landscape for Research Software Engineers.

Starting to close the skills gap through Open Science Skills Workshops

Latest version published on 7 December, 2021.

There are still many academic disciplines that are on the periphery of activities related to open and sustainable research. Archaeology is making some steps in this direction but there is still a long way to go. As part of her SSI Fellowship, Emma Karoune is tackling this skills gap by organising Open Science Skills Workshops.

Improving open source software through the SSI online sustainability evaluation

Latest version published on 30 November, 2021.

The SSI Software team, led by Steve Crouch, recently collaborated with the Ersilia project to help them improve their software. We interviewed Ersilia’s co-founder and CSO, Miquel Duran-Frigiola, about his experience using the online sustainability evaluation service as part of the Research Software Healthcheck service, and how the review of Ersilia’s software has influenced their plans and strategy to engage with their community.

Highlights of the Research Software Camp: Beyond the spreadsheet

Latest version published on 16 November, 2021.

Selina Aragon, SSI Communications Lead, summarises the highlights from our Research Software Camp: Beyond the Spreadsheet.

Enabling Reproducible Archaeology

Latest version published on 22 November, 2021.

How can we help researchers to work in a reproducible way? This blog post documents a workshop held for researchers in Durham University’s Archaeology Department, which aimed to help them make steps towards using software sustainably and working reproducibly.

Listen to our Learning to Code podcast

Latest version published on 12 November, 2021.

We’ve been running a Learning to Code mentorship programme as part of our Research Software Camp: Beyond the Spreadsheet, focussing on the uses of spreadsheets in research and the next steps into further use of software. We spoke to four participants in the programme about their experiences of learning to code in a podcast episode hosted by Code for Thought.