Software and research: the Institute's Blog

Evidence for the importance of research software

Latest version published on 8 June, 2020.

This blog analyses work evidencing the importance of research software to research outcomes, to enable the research software community to find useful evidence to share with key influencers. This analysis considers papers relating to meta-research, policy, community, education and training, research breakthroughs and specific software.

Why mycode.R_final.v2_usethisone is not helping your workflow

Latest version published on 16 March, 2021.

By Olly Butters (editor), Esther Plomp, Sarah Gibson, Eirini Zormpa, Bezaye Tesfaye, Tudor Amariei Developing your ideal workflow is hard. We think one of the most important parts, relevant to almost everyone, is version control.

Research Data Management as a national service

Latest version published on 4 June, 2020.

By Alastair Downie, Head of IT at The Gurdon Institute, University of Cambridge This blog post was first published on the IT and Research Data Management in the Gurdon Institute blog.

Critique software, but understand the constraints it’s written under

Latest version published on 2 June, 2020.

Demonising researchers who publish their code discourages openness, say Neil Chue Hong and Simon Hettrick.

Don't be afraid of synthetic data

Latest version published on 2 June, 2020.

Datasets are often restricted for valid reasons such as patient confidentiality in health research. However, this can pose problems for the reproducibility and scrutiny of the research. Synthetic datasets can be used to overcome some of the problems that arise from working with restricted data, and more researchers need to be brave enough to start using them.

Challenges, solutions, and advantages of growing communities online (aka be upfront about the creepy stuff!)

Latest version published on 16 March, 2021.

By Ben Krikler (editor), Shoaib Sufi, Radovan Bast and Jo Leng

How to engage Research Group Leaders in sustainable software practices

Latest version published on 16 March, 2021.

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Bootstrapping a development team during the time of crisis

Latest version published on 16 March, 2021.

By Raniere Silva, Malvika Sharan, Colin Sauze, Yo Yehudi, Claire Wyatt (authors’ names are arranged in no particular order)

This post is part of the CW20 speed blog posts series.

Maintaining your legacy - tips for making legacy code sustainable

Latest version published on 16 March, 2021.

By Matthew Bluteau (editor), Blair Archibald, Leonardo Uieda, Iain Barrass and Jon Massey

Carrot and stick approaches to promoting research software as a community

Latest version published on 16 March, 2021.

By Daniel Hobley (editor), Alison Clarke, Philip Grylls, Mateusz Kuzak, Louise Brown and Alessandro Felder