Research computing

12136957446_c5ed33d53c_z.jpgBy Robin Long, Lancaster University.

My proposal when applying for the Software Sustainability Institute’s Fellowship was to engage with all researchers at my institute, and get them talking about software, sustainable software, and best practices.  As with all plans, they changed along the way—a lack of time forced me to go from a piece meal department by department interaction to an all out “let’s get everyone together in one room”. I will admit there were many fears at the beginning (will they come, will they like it, will I forget something). It all came together well, people seemed to enjoy themselves, and the discussions were encouraging and insightful. The final good sign of a meeting is the requests for another, and people asking me to give more tutorials.  Let us now step back to the beginning and look at how the event was organised and how it went. Hopefully, this will encourage new fellows to branch out of their comfort zones and have the confidence to run their own events.

Initial Plans

As part of my fellowship with the Software Sustainability Institute, I had planned to try and give talks to all departments about sustainable and reproducible software. After a hectic year, I found myself running out of time to be able to do this and conduct the training I had planned to do. I knew I had to change the plans and was thinking of ways to do this—…

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Research IT, Enterprise ITBy Laurence Billingham, British Geological Survey, David Golding, University of Leeds, Robert Haines, University of Manchester, Martin Hammitzsch, German Research Centre for Geoscience, James Hetherington, University College London, Simon Hettrick, Software Sustainability Institute.

This post is part of the Collaborations Workshops 2017 speed blogging series.

Universities need to strike a balance between risk and strategic opportunities (world-class research and world-class teaching). A semi-independent "sandboxed" service for research IT can deliver both, by isolating the stuff that needs to change fast from the stuff that needs to always work.

In mobile development, apps are "sandboxed" so that one app cannot break the phone. This analogy can work for services too. In research-led universities, we need…

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Oxford e-Research Centre are looking to recruit a Senior Research Computing Specialist, to administer and further develop a range of advanced research computing infrastructure that supports university researchers on both local and regional resources. They are looking for someone with a sound knowledge of system administration with a solid understanding of Unix Systems, networks and storage, especially in the context of High Performance Computing.  The position is part of a vibrant and growing activity that is at the heart of research computing in the University of Oxford and provides an exciting opportunity for someone seeking to develop their career in these areas.

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RussellGroupPostgrads&WhatTheyAreStudyingSmall.jpgBy Simon Hettrick.

Our policy team has been looking into research computing. This is specialist support for researchers who use software as a fundamental part of their research (leaders in this field are groups like the UCL Research Computing team, the EPCC and the Oxford eResearch Centre.). The theory we would like to test is that the greater the status of research computing at an organisation, the better the software produced by that organisation.

Our research into the composition of universities led us to the Higher Education Information Database for Institutions (better known by its acronym heidi). which is a web-based information system that allows users in higher education institutions to access, extract and manipulate data about higher education. If you are interested in this data, and your…

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