Software and research: the Institute's Blog

Season of Docs fostering open source collaboration with tech writers

Latest version published on 26 March, 2019.

By Sarah Maddox, Technical Writer. Google Open Source has announced a new program called Season of Docs. I’m excited because the goals of this program reflect two passions of mine: to help technical writers get started in the world of open source software, and to help open source projects build great documentation. I’m also excited because I’m on the program development team for Season of Docs.

We're Hiring: Research Software Community Officer/Manager

Latest version published on 19 March, 2019.

By Raniere Silva, Community Officer, Software Sustainability Institute, and Shoaib Sufi, Community Lead, Software Sustainability Institute. As part of the third phase of The Software Sustainability Institute, the team at the University of Manchester is searching for one new full-time staff member to join our "Better Software Better Research" campaign in the capacity of Research Software Community Officer or Research Software Community Manager. Although the role is described in the job advert, this blog provides additional context.

Data Science for Experimental Design – loopy stuff

Latest version published on 18 March, 2019.

By Alex Morley, Institute Fellow & Mozilla Fellow It’s not a new concept. But when people talk to me about improving the scientific process it really resonates with me when they talk about feedback loops. This framework is broad enough to encompass most ways in which we can think about improving science, but also makes explicit what actions need to be taken, and where bottlenecks are likely to arise. Here are a few examples of how people have used these cycles to make/explain progress/problems in scientific processes.

Nurturing Communities of Practice at Collaborations Workshop 2019

Latest version published on 14 March, 2019.

By Raniere Silva, Community Officer, Software Sustainability Institute. The Software Sustainability Institute's Collaborations Workshop 2019 (CW19) is a fantastic opportunity to discover communities of practice around open science and software sustainability. Find out more about some of the communities that will be represented at CW19.

Towards Software Non-Creator-Instigated Identification (NCI) and Citation

Latest version published on 13 March, 2019.

By Daniel S. Katz, Daina Bouquin and Neil Chue Hong. This blog post was originally published in Daniel S. Katz's blog. Identification of software is essential to a number of important issues, such as citation, provenance, and reproducibility. Here, we are focusing on issues related to citation. Identification can be thought of as a subset of naming. Some important questions are therefore: How do we name things? How do we know how things are named? And who gets to name things?

Workshop on Sustainable Software Sustainability (WOSSS19) - The state of the art and future directions.

Latest version published on 12 March, 2019.

By Patrick J.C. Aerts and Shoaib Sufi. The Workshop on Sustainable Software Sustainability 2019 (WOSSS19) will take place from the 24th to the 26th April 2019 in The Hague, Netherlands. WOSSS19 is a follow-up workshop from WOSSS17 and will focus on all aspects around keeping software running: from how to revive important legacy to preventing new legacy issues through education and guidelines.

Christopher Woods: How to design and engineer good code for research

Latest version published on 11 March, 2019.

By Becky Arnold, University of Sheffield. On the 30th of January 2019, Christopher Woods, an EPSRC fellow at the Advanced Computing Research Centre at the University of Bristol gave a talk on "How to Design and Engineer Good Code for Research" at the University of Sheffield.

Making the most of Collaborations Workshop 2019

Latest version published on 11 March, 2019.

By Raniere Silva, Community Officer, Software Sustainability Institute. The Software Sustainability Institute's Collaborations Workshop 2019 (CW19) goal is to have a welcoming space for participants to foster their inner conversations about interoperability, documentation, training and sustainability. A few tips can help you make the most of the event taking place from Monday 1st April to Wednesday 3rd April 2019 at the West Park Teaching Hub, Loughborough University, Loughborough.

The Turing Way: An open source resource promoting best practice for reproducible research

Latest version published on 6 March, 2019.

By Becky Arnold, University of Sheffield, with additional material by Rosie Higman, University of Manchester The Turing Way is a project funded as part of UKRI’s Strategic Priorities fund. It aims to help researchers and RSEs improve the reproducibility of their research.

Join Us At CarpentryConnect Manchester 2019!

Latest version published on 1 March, 2019.

By Toby Hodges, European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) Heidelberg, Germany. Did you see the recent announcement that registration and call for proposals are now open for the CarpentryConnect Manchester 2019 conference? This event is an opportunity for members of The Carpentries’ global community of instructors and anyone else with an interest in helping researchers to improve their computational skills, to get together for a few days to exchange ideas and learn some new things.