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Apache Software FoundationApache Software Foundation's David Nalley will be presenting the webinar, "The Risk of the Commons," on September 26th at 11am (EDT). 

Please register here. Be sure to check spam/junk folder for registration confirmation with attached calendar file.

Open Source, as a development methodology, has revolutionised how we innovate, how we develop, and how we consume software. Any cutting edge technology software is presumed to be open source. So what does software methodology have to learn from 19th century economics of farming? Unfortunately quite a lot. While the open source methodology allows tremendous speed in the rate of innovation; but all too frequently we consume without any idea of how well software is maintained. This has led us to unhappy situations where we find that the most heavily used encryption library in the world, was maintained by 4 people, in their spare time. Or the incredibly important GPG suite of tools - was maintained by two people, one of whom was an intern. Of course these aren't new problems, but how do we solve them without experiencing a tragedy of the commons.

More information about this presentation and speaker bio are on the event page…

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If you were not able to attend the Fellowship 2017 Informational Webinar, a recording of this event has been made available on the Institute's SoftwareSaved YouTube channel: 

Fellowship 2017 Programme

It's worth watching if you are thinking of applying for a fellowship.

This Friday 9th September 2016 from 15:00 to 16:30, the Software Sustainability Institute is running a Launch Webinar, where prospective applicants can learn more about the Institute, the Fellowship Programme, application process and timeline, current Fellows’ experiences, types of activities support and the selection criteria.

Join the webinar at 15:00. 

The 2016 Technology Exchange—presented by Internet2 and co-hosted by Florida International UniversityThe University of Florida, and Florida LambdaRail from September 25-28 in Miami—will provide an opportunity for just that and more. The annual event is designed to cross-pollinate ideas both within and among the four major technical communities convened.

Pioneers in a variety of R&E networking-related fields will share expertise, brainstorm, and forge new connections, while also participating in tutorials, working meetings, and full-group Exchange sessions. 

For more information, visit the conference website.

eScience Lab graphicThe eScience Lab at the University of Manchester are currently looking for a Senior Research Data Engineer. The focus of the job will be on data integration and interoperability across the partners and their Life Science oriented data holdings in the CORBEL and ELIXIR projects.

Please apply here.

Applications from UK, EU and International candidates are welcome.

Be quick! Applications close 9th September 2016.

Fellows 2017 imageApplications for the Software Sustainability Institute Fellowship Programme 2017 are now open.

The Institute's Fellowship programme funds researchers in exchange for their expertise and advice.

The main goals of the Programme are gathering intelligence about research and software from all disciplines, encouraging Fellows to develop their interests in the area of software sustainability (especially in their areas of work) and aiding the Fellows as ambassadors of good software practice in their domains. The programme also support capacity building and policy development initiatives. 

Fellows come from a variety of career stages, they demonstrate a passion for their area, the ability to communicate ideas effectively, and a real interest in the role of software in research. Fellows are empowered to talk about software in their research domain to a wider audience, network with others who share a passion for software in research, and learn key skills that benefit them and their collaborators.​

You have to be a UK based researcher when applying for Fellowship, but once you are a Fellow even after your initial funding period you remain a Fellow even if you are then based outside of the UK (terms and conditions do apply). Please see the FAQ for more details about eligibility.

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Sandia National Laboratories are seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee who is interested in an explicit focus on research in software methodologies for research-to-production CSE software, and strong interest in exploring, developing, adapting and adopting modern software engineering to the CSE software domain, including exploration of software productivity and sustainability metrics, development of tools and workflows, especially related to Agile methodologies built upon GitHub, Docker and other new and emerging software technology platforms. Activities will include engaging with Trilinos and IDEAS developers to elicit requirements and collaboratively create methodologies that enhance productivity and sustainability for CSE research software products such as Trilinos. 

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Research and development of new methodologies, metrics, tools and best practices for CSE research software, using GitHub, Docker and related modern software platforms,
  • Publication, presentation and engagement with the US and international communities on research topics in CSE software,
  • Effective engagement with Trilinos, IDEAS and other software teams, at Sandia and other DOE laboratories.

This post-doctoral position is for motivated and enthusiastic individuals with excellent communication skills who have the ability to work in a collaborative research environment.  The successful applicant will be expected to work closely with CSE software developers as well as have the opportunity to pursue independent research projects.

Please note the successful candidate will be based in…

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picture of imperial college londonEasing the burden of depositing versioned software to meeting organisation data management mandates should be considered a vital part of e-infrastructure for supporting Research. Read on, as Fellow, Torsten Reimer talks about the context and reasons for deploying a centrally supported distributed version control system at Imperial College London.

Read Torsten's blog post.

You are invited to participate in a survey on software licensing designed to investigate how well software developers understand common open-source software licences. Prof. Gail Murphy and graduate student Daniel Almeida are looking for software developers that have built, or are currently building on, open-source software in their projects - and we are particularly interested in hearing from people building open-source software for research.

Participating in the anonymous online survey will take approximately 30 minutes. If you are interested in participating, please visit the survey.

If you have any questions, please contact daa@cs.ubc.ca.

NumFOCUS is seeking a full-time Projects Director to develop and run a sustainability incubator program for NumFOCUS fiscally sponsored open-source projects. This is the first program of its kind, with opportunity for enormous impact on the open-source ecosystem. Knowledge gained from this program will be public, meaning it has the potential to change how all open source projects are managed.

For more information, please see the online job advert.