Software and research: the Institute's Blog

Research Software Development Workshop for Maths PhD Students

Latest version published on 28 February, 2019.

By Geraint Palmer, Nikoleta Glynatsi, and Vincent Knight. On the 8th and 9th of January 2019, three Fellows of the Software Sustainability Institute (Vincent Knight (2016), Nikoleta Glynatsi (2017), and Geraint Palmer (2018)) delivered an annual Research Software Development Workshop for PhD students are the School of Mathematics, Cardiff University.

Software Sustainability Institute to improve research software practices with £6.5 million UKRI funding

Latest version published on 26 February, 2019.

The Software Sustainability Institute, a team of software experts, from the universities of Edinburgh, Manchester, Oxford and Southampton, has been awarded £6.5 million funding, from the seven UK Research Councils that are part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), to continue its world-leading work helping thousands of UK researchers from all areas use software to increase the impact of their research.

Inspiring demos are waiting for you at Collaborations Workshop 2019

Latest version published on 21 February, 2019.

By Raniere Silva, Community Officer, Software Sustainability Institute. One of the many opportunities to start a new collaboration during the Software Sustainability Institute's Collaborations Workshop 2019 (CW19) is the mini-workshops and demo sessions. This year we’ll have presentations about ontology, digital preservation and reproducible research, in addition to the themes of the CW19—interoperability, documentation, training and sustainability. Mini-workshops and demo sessions will take place on either the 1st or 2nd April 2019 at the West Park Teaching Hub, Loughborough University,…

RSE Survey 2018: Results

Latest version published on 23 August, 2019.

The results from the 2018 RSE international survey are available to consultation. This year we had a total of 985 participants from 32 different countries.

Web standards for describing datasets and profiles

Latest version published on 14 February, 2019.

By Alejandra Gonzalez-Beltran, University of Oxford. Supported by the UK Software Sustainability Institute Fellowship, I attended the fourth Face-to-Face (F2F) meeting of the W3C Dataset eXchange Working Group (DXWG) in Lyon, France, at the end of October 2018. Here, I report on how W3C WGs work and the specific outputs we’ve been producing at DXWG.

Seeking input: Challenges to sustainability of open source research data tools

Latest version published on 18 February, 2019.

By Danielle Robinson, Code for Science & Society, with an introduction by Raniere Silva, Software Sustainability Institute. As we reported in 2014, 7 out of 10 UK researchers said that it's impossible to conduct research without software. Some of those software can be categorised as open source data tools—defined as open source projects that facilitate any part of researchers data workflow, including data collection, analysis, visualisation, sharing, reuse, publication, and/or collaborative data projects. Code for Science & Society (CS&S) are working on a research project with…

Friction Reducers and Collaborations Workshop 2019 Hackday

Latest version published on 13 March, 2019.

By Raniere Silva, Community Officer, Software Sustainability Institute. The third and last day of Collaborations Workshop 2019 (CW19) is reserved for the Hackday. During the Hackday, attendees collaborate on a project that will be presented at the end of the day and have the chance to win a prize. This year the first prize is 11.6' Pinebook notebook.

Polar Software Workshop and Hackathon: Training the next generation of polar scientists in software sustainability

Latest version published on 14 February, 2019.

By Sammie Buzzard, Software Sustainability Institute Fellow Organised in collaboration with the UK Polar Network and the Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling (CPOM) UCL, more than 20 early career polar scientists were given the opportunity to improve their software skills during an interactive workshop. As with many scientific disciplines within polar sciences, we have our software heroes with the open source code stored in GitHub, and we have those who would never dream of sharing their code. There are, however, many who would like to fit into the first category and to be more open…

CESSDA Expert Seminar 2018: Balancing Theory with Practice

Latest version published on 14 February, 2019.

By Steve Crouch, Software Sustainability Institute, and John Shepherdson, CESSDA Platform Delivery Director describe the main outcomes of two technical training events which took place in 2018 and plans for the next steps in 2019.

Building new communities as a Fellow

Latest version published on 23 September, 2019.

By James Baker, University of Sussex. Applying to become a Software Sustainability Institute Fellow was one of the best decisions of my career. Now that may sound a little hyperbolic, but looking back over the four years since I made the application to become a fellow, so many experiences I've enjoyed, encounters I've had, and connections I've made can be traced back to that decision.