Founding organisations

The Software Sustainability Institute was founded by four of the UK's leading research-led universities, all with enviable track records in ICT technology and software R&D.

EPCC at the University of Edinburgh

EdinburghOldCollege.jpgEPCC is the University of Edinburgh’s High-Performance and Novel Computing Centre. Established in 1990, EPCC provides a wide variety of services to academia and industry including: application design, development and re-engineering; performance optimisation; distributed computing consultancy and solutions; facilities access; data integration and data mining consultancy. EPCC has been an active proponent of research software improvement since its founding.

EPCC has over 75 staff committed to the solution of real-world computational problems. EPCC currently manages the UK’s national high-performance computing service ARCHER, plus a number of smaller services and more experimental systems. The organisation has played leading roles in many large EC projects including EUDAT, PRACE, HPC-Europa2, EUFORIA, DEISA2, BonFIRE and ADMIRE. Since 1990 EPCC has worked with hundreds of companies from blue-chip multinationals such as Cisco, Rolls-Royce and Lloyds TSB (now part of Lloyds Banking Group) to smaller, local companies such as DEM Solutions and OHM Surveys. EPCC's project work has covered many fields, from modelling and simulation through to data-intensive analysis and all aspects of high-performance and distributed computing.

Through activities like these, EPCC has built up an enviable set of distributed systems, software and project management skills which it employs widely in collaboration with both business and academic research. EPCC and Edinburgh's School of Informatics were two of the founding groups behind the National e-Science Centre, the hub for the UK's world-leading e-Science Programme of the 2000's.

The University of Edinburgh, founded in 1583, was ranked 20th in the 2011 QS World University Rankings and is one of the UK and Europe’s top research-led universities. As well as EPCC, the University houses the School of Informatics, a world-leading organization in established and emerging fields such as computer science, artificial intelligence and data-intensive science. The School is globally recognized for the quality of its teaching and research, ranking the highest in the UK for research quality in the last two UK Research Assessment Exercises (2001, 2008). With a staff of over 200, it is the largest UK Informatics group.

The School of Computer Science at the University of Manchester

KilburnBuilding.jpgThe School of Computer Science at the University of Manchester is one of the oldest in the UK, and one of the largest. Computer Science Research at Manchester brings together an understanding of foundations, technologies and applications.

The School of Computer Science has a world leading research programme in e-Science, working in scientific workflow systems, data management and integration, data provenance, grid computing, knowledge management, the semantic web, and ontologies. Manchester has built several well-known biomedical data management systems (e.g. TAMBIS, e-Fungi, COGEME) and has a strong track-record in software delivery.

The Manchester team offers particular expertise in data and knowledge intensive e-Science and e-Laboratories for the Life Sciences, Health Care, Chemistry and Social Science. A group specialism is scientific workflow management for resource access, integration, orchestration and aggregation, developing and supporting the open source Taverna Workflow Management System. Taverna has been adopted by over 350 organisations chiefly in biology research labs and biotechs. Another is integration/visualisation of biological data and documents (UTOPIA, UTOPIA Documents). These are based on state of the art web service computing, resource discovery and catalogues (BioCatalogue).

The group also builds eLabs for methods, models and data, and has extensive experience in semantic technologies for ontology building, reasoning and applications. Manchester are the developers behind the widely used Protégé OWL/SKOSEdit building tools and Pellet/Fact++ reasoners.

The University of Manchester lists 25 Nobel Laureates among its students and staff, which is the third largest number of any single university in the United Kingdom.

Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton

B32.jpgElectronics and Computer  Science (ECS) provides world-leading education in a world-leading research environment, and it works closely with business and industry to ensure our research finds applications in the real world. ECS has a distinctive reputation for its research, education, and enterprise in Computer Science, Electronics, and Electrical Engineering. The largest School of its kind in the UK, ECS is internationally regarded for its world-leading and transformative research, and for its ability to define and develop new research directions. In the 2008 UK Research Assessment Exercise, ECS was ranked joint second in the UK for Computer Science (for quality of research) and Electronics and Electrical Engineering was ranked second in the 'medals' table.

ECS has extensive experience of participating in and running large, collaborative projects, including the highly-successful OMII-UK (forerunner to the Software Sustainability Institute), ePrints (the first professional software platform for building high quality OAI-compliant repositories) and major European initiatives including IGE, OMII-Europe, ETAPS, SMART, SCULPTEUR, ARTISTE, VISEUM and FINGART-PRINT.

The Southampton group has a long standing reputation for research of international excellence in the fields of Web and Internet Science. Members of the group helped to form the Web as it is today and are helping to evolve not only its technologies but our understanding of it as an organic human-driven thing. This extends to the socio-political, economic, legal aspects as well as its use by researchers to further their work.

The University of Southampton combines academic excellence with an innovative and entrepreneurial approach to research, supporting a culture that engages and challenges students and staff in their pursuit of learning.

Oxford e-Research Centre at the University of Oxford

HertfordBridge.jpgThe Oxford e-Research Centre works with research units across the whole of Oxford University to enable the use and development of innovative computational and information technology in multidisciplinary collaborations.

With an internationally-prestigious team of over 50 multidisciplinary researchers committed to accelerating research through innovative technology, the e-Research Centre operates as a hub for e-Research activities across the University. The Centre is strongly linked to the UK's national e-Science programme, with national and international collaborations helping to align activities at Oxford with e-infrastructure developments elsewhere.

The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and a leader in learning, teaching and research.