Software and research: the Institute's Blog

A mathematical perspective on being a Fellow

Latest version published on 11 March, 2019.

By Vincent Knight, Nikoleta Glynatsi, and Geraint Palmer, from Cardiff University, School of Mathematics. Being a Software Sustainability Institute Fellow creates a sense of belonging to a community and legitimacy to a practice. This blog post is co written by three mathematicians at Cardiff University, each at various stages of their academic career.

Being FAIR – data licences in InterMine

Latest version published on 24 January, 2019.

By Julie Sullivan, at InterMine, with an introduction by Raniere Silva, Community Officer, Software Sustainability Institute. Licences in the open source world are a big challenge. In 2015, GitHub reported that only around 20% of the repositories had a licence assigned to them. Julie Sullivan and the InterMine team found similar figures for data on their platform that had clear licence information. Julie wrote the following blog post where she addresses the challenges InterMine faces when displaying licence information to users. This post was originally published at the InterMine blog.

Northwest Universities R Day event

Latest version published on 25 January, 2019.

By Reka Solymosi, University of Manchester. In October 2018 I was part of a team who organised the first ever (UK) North West Universities R Day. Inspired by the series of events organised by the R user groups based at the University of Manchester (UoM) and Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), we decided to host a one day conference to bring people together around the topic of using R.

Sustain Summit 2018

Latest version published on 24 January, 2019.

By Raniere Silva, Community Officer, Software Sustainability Institute. Sustainer is "the individual or organisation who is concerned with the fragile state and future of highly-used and impactful open source projects." A diverse and fantastic group of sustainers met in London at the end of October for a day discussion related to the sustainability of open source projects.

Highlights of the Fellowship Programme 2019 Launch Webinar

Latest version published on 11 March, 2019.

By Raniere Silva, Community Officer, Software Sustainability Institute. On Friday 11th January 2019 we hosted the Fellowship Programme 2019 Launch Webinar with the participation of Fellows Becky Arnold, Martin Donnelly, Vincent Knight, Danny Wong and Yo Yehudi. Applications to the Fellowship Programme are open until 3rd February 2019.

Three reasons a Software Sustainability Institute Fellowship can supercharge your career

Latest version published on 11 March, 2019.

By Yo Yehudi, Software Sustainability Institute Fellow In 2018, Yo joined the Institute as one of our Fellows. She has kindly agreed to write a post about her experience as a Fellow. Here, she details a few reasons for applying to the Fellowship Programme and what being a Fellow has meant for her.

Summary of international session at RSE18

Latest version published on 10 January, 2019.

By Ilektra Christidi, UCL and Stephan Druskat, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. During the Third RSE conference in September, an international session was held in order to tap into the experiences and ideas of emerging RSE communities and associations around the world. The goal was to hold a more open discussion on the initiatives to be taken to coordinate this activity at an international level, capitalising on the RSE International Leaders workshop earlier this year.

How to contribute to open source software

Latest version published on 8 March, 2019.

By Becky Arnold, University of Sheffield. On the 28th of November, Yo Yehudi of the Software Sustainability Institute  and the University of Cambridge gave a half day workshop for researchers on how to contribute to open source software at the University of Sheffield.

Register for the Fellowship Programme 2019 Launch Webinar

Latest version published on 4 January, 2019.

By Raniere Silva, Community Officer, Software Sustainability Institute. Happy New Year! What are your plans for 2019? Would £3.000 help you accomplish your plans? The Institute's Fellowship programme funds researchers who want to improve computational practice in their areas of work. We’ve recently opened applications to the Fellowship Programme until 3rd February 2019.

Life after my Fellowship

Latest version published on 11 March, 2019.

By Robyn Grant, Senior Lecturer in Comparative Physiology & Behaviour, Manchester Metropolitan University. I was inspired to apply for the Software Sustainability Institute Fellowship Programme in 2014 when I saw that it was not just for software developers, but software users too. I am a biologist, working on animal sensing and movement, and have spent quite a lot of my time working with programmers to develop software that can track my high-speed videos of animals moving in complex ways.