Software and research: the Institute's Blog

Improvements for man and machine in research software and data publishing

Latest version published on 12 October, 2022.

One tool that easily improves machine readability of data is a data standard called Frictionless Data.

Research software in mathematical biology

Latest version published on 11 October, 2022.

SSI Fellow Georgina Al-Badri talks about how research software and mathematical modelling go hand-in-hand, and her fellowship goal to promote software sustainability in this area of academic research. 

RSECon22: Collaborating on the automation of research software publication with rich metadata

Latest version published on 6 October, 2022.

Publishing your research software in a publication repository is the first step on the path to making your (research) software FAIR! But the publication of the software itself is not quite enough...

Statistical software in Ecology: Impressions from ISEC 2022

Latest version published on 4 October, 2022.

SSI Fellow Philipp Boersch-Supan writes about attending and presenting at the International Statistical Ecology Conference.

Research Software Camp: Supporting mental health in research Software

Latest version published on 30 September, 2022.

Our next Research Software Camp will focus on exploring various aspects of mental health and wellbeing in research software, including causes of stress in research software, dealing with our inner critic through self-compassion, having difficult conversations, team culture, post-Covid hybrid working, isolation, and more. 

Mentorship programme: Making the mind work with code

Latest version published on 28 September, 2022.

As a long-time programming hobbyist, I have thought that an ability to code well would be quite helpful for my “day job” as an ergonomics/human factors academic – whether in experimental design, data collection and analysis, or the creation of teaching resources. But, while I have tried to learn a few different languages, I have not yet mastered any of them.

Creating software for citizen science

Latest version published on 27 September, 2022.

While citizen science in a way predates our connected software age it has gained substantial popularity in recent years as software-facilitated citizen science projects can now easily rely on volunteers from all around the world thanks to the internet.

Computational Application and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology International Conference

Latest version published on 20 September, 2022.

By SSI Fellow Emma Karoune. The Computational Application and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA) International Conference is an annual event that brings together archaeologists, mathematicians and computer scientists. There are presentations, posters and workshops on a wide range of topics such as data acquisition and recording, conceptual modelling, data analysis, data management, digital 3D reconstruction, geophysics and GIS - all with an archaeology focus. 

Mentorship programme: Scraping health-related articles and analysing trends

Latest version published on 15 September, 2022.

Arooj Hussain reflects on taking part in our Learning to Code mentorship programme using Python to scrape, analyse and visualise data.

From the lab bench to an SSI Fellowship

Latest version published on 23 September, 2022.

Gemma Turon reflects on her journey to becoming an SSI Fellow. "When I completed my PhD in Biomedical Sciences a few years ago, I didn't even know that such a thing like a Research Software Engineer (RSE) existed. So, how did I end up being a Software Sustainability Fellow only three years after?"