Software and research: the Institute's Blog

Key skills to know before mentoring

Latest version published on 9 October, 2020.

Open Life Science mentors share key takeaways and drivers from a recent mentoring and coaching workshop.

Top 10 films featuring research software

Latest version published on 6 October, 2020.

To celebrate our 10 year anniversary, Director Neil Chue Hong chooses his top 10 films which feature realistic software.

Fellows newsletter: October 2020

Latest version published on 1 December, 2020.

Welcome to the new monthly SSI Fellows Newsletter which shares activities and opportunities taking place within the SSI Fellows' community. Read on for a summary of the latest community call, as well as contributions and calls for collaboration from the SSI Fellows. 

The Festival of Maintenance and software

Latest version published on 17 September, 2020.

My Fellowship is structured around the Festival of Maintenance, a celebration of those who maintain different parts of our world and how they do it. It recognises the often hidden work done in repair, custodianship, stewardship, tending and caring for the things that matter.

Designing engaging online events to counteract Zoom fatigue and get stuff done

Latest version published on 11 September, 2020.

Throughout May and June we held a series of writing sprints and invited members of our community of practice to author “recipes” for virtual event formats. The result was a guidebook of 12 event formats, which was downloaded almost 4,000 times in the first two weeks after publication.

Modelling Covid-19 Spread in Local Areas with the Flu And Coronavirus Simulator

Latest version published on 10 September, 2020.

Authorities worldwide are using increasingly localised public health measures to try to mitigate the Covid-19 pandemic. Many of these decisions are guided by the outcomes of observations and models that operate on a national level. At Brunel and within the HiDALGO project, we developed the Flu And Coronavirus Simulator (FACS) to understand the viral spread in local areas.

The gig economy - a precarious form of maintenance

Latest version published on 2 September, 2020.

The Festival of Maintenance and the Maintainers recently ran our first joint online event, about the gig economy, a precarious form of maintenance.

Celebrating datasets and other research outputs – introducing the HiddenREF

Latest version published on 24 August, 2020.

On July 8th, the Riot Science Club, the Crick Institute and ReproducibiliTea hosted a panel discussion on “The cost of correcting bad science”. Institute Fellow Patricia Herterich was invited to speak about the HiddenREF, an initiative to shine a light on and celebrate all kinds of research outputs.

What we wish we knew when we started as RSEs

Latest version published on 16 March, 2021.

“What do you wish you had known when you started?” This was a question asked during the 2020 Software Sustainability Institute Collaborations Workshop session that caused a (Zoom) room of research software engineers to pause and scratch their heads. 

10 pivotal moments in the history of the Institute

Latest version published on 14 August, 2020.

To celebrate our 10 year anniversary, Deputy Director Simon Hettrick chooses 10 pivotal moments from the history of the Institute.