Software and research: the Institute's Blog

The complicated relationship between early career researchers and reproducible research

Latest version published on 7 June, 2021.

Dr Philip Grylls discusses the challenging interplay between reproducible research and early career researchers.

Top tips for teaching what's REALLY important

Latest version published on 3 June, 2021.

How should courses be designed and pitched to appeal to their target audience whilst effectively teaching the skills they may not be aware of or think that they need (but experience tells us benefit learners in the long-term)? Furthermore after a course, what should be the next steps to support the uptake of those skills?

Mental Health in Research Software Engineering

Latest version published on 2 June, 2021.

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

A path to the light: stopping ‘secret’ software, managing maintenance and evidencing impact

Latest version published on 27 May, 2021.

How can we better recognise the value of software (by thinking about impact from the start and resisting ‘secret’ software)? Should funders be the default option for software support (depends on the circumstances), and what other options exist (several)? Should all research software be maintained (probably not)?

Highlights from Collaborations Workshop 2021

Latest version published on 26 May, 2021.

Collaborations Workshop 2021 (CW21) brought together researchers, developers, innovators, managers, funders, publishers, policy makers, leaders and educators to explore FAIR Research Software, Diversity and Inclusion, and Software Sustainability. Here we will share some highlights from the three-day virtual event.

What are the formats, tools and techniques for harvesting metadata from software repositories?

Latest version published on 25 May, 2021.

Daniel Garijo, Stephan Druskat, Mark Turner and Alex Henderson discuss software metadata: 1) highlight issues with current practices, 2) provide pointers to tools that may help improve the situation and 3) summarise incentives for the research community to start adopting best practices for software metadata.

Implementing FAIR for research software: attitudes, advantages and challenges (part two)

Latest version published on 20 May, 2021.

This is the second part of two blog posts discussing the advantages of adopting FAIR for research software, the current adoption practices of software across organizations, the attitudes towards adoption, and the motivations and barriers for adoption.

Implementing FAIR for research software: attitudes, advantages and challenges (part one)

Latest version published on 20 May, 2021.

This is part one of two blog posts discussing the advantages of adopting FAIR for research software, the current adoption practices of software across organizations, the attitudes towards adoption, and the motivations and barriers for adoption.

(Do not) make it new: On Reusing Research Software and Tools in Digital Humanities Scholarship

Latest version published on 13 May, 2021.

At the Collaborations Workshop 21, Emily Bell and Anna-Maria Sichani discussed the issue of software reusability in digital humanities (DH) research. This blog post provides an overview of some of the underlying issues, as well as the conversation points, resources and avenues for future exploration that arose from the discussion.

Software Sustainability training for Bioscience Postgraduate students

Latest version published on 6 May, 2021.

SSI Fellow Emma Rand discusses the analytics training programme she runs for PhD students, covering the rationale behind the course design, and the experience level and current tool preferences of participants.