Alexander Morley

groupc.pngBy Stuart Grieve, Research Software Developer, University College London, Eike Mueller, Lecturer in Scientific Computing, University of Bath, Alexander Morley, DPhil in Neuroscience, University of Oxford, Matt Upson, Data Scientist, Government Digital Service, Richard Adams (Chair), Reader, Cranfield University, Michael Clerx, Post-doctoral researcher in Computational Cardiac Electrophysiology, University of Oxford.

This blog post was motivated by a discussion amongst academics and research software engineers from different disciplines on the challenge of writing good, sustainable software in teams with different backgrounds. Specifically, how can a mixed team of, say, scientists, librarians, engineers and project managers be encouraged to write good software together?

Our discussions led us to two broad recommendations: first, to ensure that research software…

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2011.11.15_building_software.pngBy Adam Tomkins (Chair), University of Sheffield, James Grant, University of Bath, Alexander Morley, University of Oxford, Stuart Grieve, University College London, Tania Allard, University of Sheffield.

There is a growing interest in the adoption of software best practices in research computing and allied fields. Best practices improve the quality of research software and efficiency in development and maintenance as well having the potential to deliver benefits outside software development.  However, this interest in these methods is not universal and there is a possibility that a drive for best practice could lead to a widening divide between those who embrace this change and those who do not. It is therefore vital that Research Software Engineers (RSEs) work closely with domain specialists, to bridge this divide and attempt to meet the challenges of efficiency and reproducibility:

  • How do we…

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Alexandrer MorleyUniversity of Oxford

Interests

My PhD thesis is centred around how we encode & retrieve memories in the brain, especially in the case where those memories might be highly overlapping in information content but have different emotions associated with them. Outside of neuroscience I think I could sum up most of my interests as involving different ways in which we can use the internet to support communities, rather than exploiting them.

My work

I am currently taking a “break” from med-school to do my PhD in Neuroscience at Oxford. During the course of my PhD I have found myself more and more drawn to the potential of online tools and communities as a way of solving problems. For me, these networks are what the internet was made for, but is currently drifting from.

The networks I am primarily referring to are those that build tools that they share with the world -Open Source, those who are truly engaged in collaborative science -Open Science, and those that understand that information is most powerful when it's shared -Open Data.

Over the course of the fellowship I'm going to be working on three projects that fall under this "network-supporting" umbrella. The first is a web-app that helps walk project leaders through the process of making sure their project/event is as inclusive as possible. You can find it at codeofconduct.io as its current focus is making sure that all events have clear, enforceable Codes of Conduct.

The second is a "simple" community-…

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