Software and research: the Institute's Blog

The Institute turns 10!

Latest version published on 4 May, 2020.

The Software Sustainability Institute is ten years old this month! Director Neil Chue Hong and Deputy Director Simon Hettrick took some time out from worrying about Covid-19 to log onto Zoom from home, and looked back ten years to the start of the Institute.

SSI Collaborations Workshop 2020: Remote unconference experience and notes

Latest version published on 29 April, 2020.

By Matthew Bluteau, Research Software Engineer at UKAEA Fusion Laboratory

Highlights from Collaborations Workshop 2020

Latest version published on 21 April, 2020.

Collaborations Workshop 2020 (CW20) was dedicated to discussing Open Research, Data Privacy and Software Sustainability, and took place virtually from 31 March - 2 April 2020.

Open University leads the way with £1 million software engineering project

Latest version published on 20 April, 2020.

Researchers from The Open University (OU) spearhead a £1 million project, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), to change the culture of software engineering.

Collaborations Workshop 2020

Latest version published on 21 April, 2020.

From 31 March until 2 April 2020, the Software Sustainability Institute hosted the first online edition of Collaborations Workshop, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A first look at new categories for the Hidden REF

Latest version published on 6 April, 2020.

By Simon Hettrick, Deputy Director. How do you choose which categories are needed to represent all possible research outputs? That's the problem we're facing at the Hidden REF. Rather than solve it ourselves, we've handed the problem to the research community who have much more knowledge about the range of new categories we're going to need. In this post, I’m going to take a look at the suggestions people have made over the last couple of months. What do you think about these new categories?

Reflections on our first online programming workshop

Latest version published on 21 April, 2020.

By Software Sustainability Institute Fellow Matt Williams, University of Bristol. Last Friday we ran the first online-version of our successful software engineering, data analysis and machine learning workshops. Previously, our workshops were three-hour in-person events. Attendees would work at their own speed through self-guided web-based material.

HPC training workshop for underrepresented groups

Latest version published on 20 March, 2020.

By Software Sustainability Institute Fellow Mozhgan Kabiri Chimeh (NVIDIA), Anna (Ania) Brown (University of Oxford, University of Southampton), Fouzhan Hosseini (NAG), Weronika Fillinger (EPCC) and Neelofer Banglawala (EPCC)

Open and reproducible research with community-driven research software metrics

Latest version published on 21 April, 2020.

By Yo Yehudi, Mateusz Kuzak, and Emmy Tsang. Research software engineers are evaluated like other researchers, largely based on the numbers of publications and citations. However, metrics based on the number of publications encourage re-creating ‘new’ things or re-implementations instead of reuse, and there are huge variations in existing practices to cite software, meaning software isn't always cited or citations aren’t always captured. 

Teaching a new Geospatial Python lesson

Latest version published on 12 March, 2020.

Ryan Avery and Kunal Marwaha taught a new Carpentries Incubator lesson at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and wrote about their experience and feedback from the workshop.