Software and research: the Institute's Blog

Below-the-line conversations: A computer-facilitated case study of Guardian reader comments

Latest version published on 9 November, 2021.

Yenn Lee describes her experience of taking part in the Research Software Camp learning to code programme.

The spreadsheet memes we can all relate to

Latest version published on 8 November, 2021.

Spreadsheets are ubiquitous across academia and industry. Although mistakes can have real world consequences from genomics to austerity, sometimes you just have to laugh at the day-to-day trials and tribulations of trying to get spreadsheets to just. work.

Learning to Code: My Experience as a Psychology Graduate

Latest version published on 9 November, 2021.

By Amirah Khan. I took part in the ‘learning to code’ programme as part of the ‘Beyond the Spreadsheet’ Research Software Camp. I was mentored by Sadie Bartholomew, a Research Software Engineer who guided me through learning Python. I’ll share my reasons for volunteering, an overview of my project, and my journey throughout the programme. 

Reflections on SeptembRSE

Latest version published on 5 November, 2021.

Christopher Woods reflects on this year's SeptembRSE - an online celebration of Research Software Engineering.

Resources for using spreadsheets in research and moving onto other tools

Latest version published on 5 November, 2021.

As part of the Research Software Camp: Beyond the Spreadsheet we’ve gathered some useful resources below which focus on using spreadsheets effectively in research and how to move beyond these to other tools.

Top Tips to Start Coding in Academia

Latest version published on 4 November, 2021.

Starting to write academic code can be a bit intimidating, especially if you don’t come from a coding background - there’s a lot of myths and preconceptions around it. This guide is for those who are just starting to write scientific code, to give you a few clear tips about getting started writing code!

Reading Human Biomechanics Data into R

Latest version published on 4 November, 2021.

Dr Rebecca Hamilton discusses her learning from the Research Software Camp's learning to code programme.

Don’t be afraid - anyone can learn to code

Latest version published on 9 November, 2021.

SSI Fellow Emma Karoune discusses her journey in learning to code.

RightField - Stealthy semantic annotation with spreadsheets

Latest version published on 2 November, 2021.

By Stuart Owen and Katy Wolstencroft.

Using Python to double check your work

Latest version published on 1 November, 2021.

Peter Inglesby gives an introduction to Python.