Software and research: the Institute's Blog

Supercharge your open project with leadership training

Latest version published on 27 November, 2019.

By Bérénice Batut, Malvika Sharan, Emmy Tsang, and Yo Yehudi

Quantitative Ecology Hackathon

Latest version published on 27 November, 2019.

By Software Sustainability Institute Fellow Jessica Ward, University of Newcastle

Reflections on the Open Science Fair 2019

Latest version published on 27 November, 2019.

By Rachael Ainsworth, Community Manager and Fellow of the Software Sustainability Institute

Maintainers III: Infrastructure and climate

Latest version published on 27 November, 2019.

By Dr Laura James, Software Sustainability Institute Fellow

Maintainers III: labour

Latest version published on 27 November, 2019.

By Dr Laura James, Software Sustainability Institute Fellow

Maintenance in 2019

Latest version published on 27 November, 2019.

By Dr Laura James, Software Sustainability Institute Fellow

A glossary of terms for research software engineering

Latest version published on 27 November, 2019.

Vanessa Villamia Sochat, an engineer for the Stanford Research Computing Center, has begun creating a glossary of terms just for research software engineering.

 

Using the Cloud for Research Software Engineering

Latest version published on 5 November, 2019.

By Mark Woodbridge, Research Software Engineering Team Lead, Imperial College London We previously described three RSE-related use cases for Microsoft’s Azure platform, ranging in deployment granularity from VMs to individual JavaScript functions. In this post we’ll explain further how we use those and other Azure services to complement our on-premise infrastructure – helping us to deliver our RSE projects faster.

Bloodsuckers, banshees and brains: a bestiary of scary software projects and how to banish them

Latest version published on 31 October, 2019.

With All Hallows Eve upon us once more, as the souls of the dead come to haunt us, it’s time to recount terrifying tales and scary stories… about software. You might think that research software is safe from such gruesome goings-on but you would be wrong, for there are many undead projects out to devour us.

WhatsApp Scraping

Latest version published on 21 October, 2019.

When researchers Drs Gary Motteram, Susan Dawson and Amanda Banks Gatenby from the School of Environment, Education and Development wanted to run analysis on WhatsApp messages, they came to Research IT for help.