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The Research Software Group and the Software Sustainability have organised a Data Carpentry workshop, which will take place on 1st & 2nd August 2017 at the University of Southampton.

The course will cover data organisation in spreadsheets and OpenRefine, SQL for data management, and an introduction to R for data analysis. By the end of the workshop, learners will be able to more effectively analyse and manage their data to aid reproducibilty and  to increase their chances of furthering their research.

For further information and registration, please visit the event page.

Data Carpentry is an international movement to teach researchers better software skills. For more information about Data Carpentry, visit their website.

We are pleased to announce the first two awardees from the EPSRC USA-UK Research Software Engineer Travel fund. This funding aims to encourage greater collaboration between the UK and USA-based Research Software Engineer communities to help with: investigating emerging hardware and the impact on software; building collaboration around a particular science area; developing common community codes; and building links between computational / computer science and mathematics. The deadline for the next round of the fund is 1st August.

Awardees

Dr Chris Richardson, EPSRC Research Software Engineering Fellow at the University of Cambridge BP Institute and core developer of the FEnICS software environment for finite element analysis, has been awarded money to enable the visit to the UK of Greg von Winckel, the developer of the ROL optimisation library based at Sandia National Labs. Greg will give seminars in Oxford and Cambridge to share knowledge of the current capabilities of the underlying ROL library and work with Chris and his team on code sprints to develop PyROL, a Python interface to ROL that will enable integration with FEnICS and other codes.

Dr Martin Turner, Relationship Manager in the University of Manchester, Visualisation Director for the Harwell Imaging Partnership (HIP) at STFC/RAL and Visualisation Group Leader within the Scientific Computing Division in STFC/DL, has been awarded money to support the visit of Marcus D. Hanwell, Technical Leader at Kitware, and lead for the Tomviz (open source…

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Women in HPC will once again attend the Supercomputing conference to discuss diversity and inclusivity topics. Activities will bring together women from across the international HPC community, provide opportunities to network, showcase the work of inspiring women, and discuss how we can all work towards improving the under-representation of women in supercomputing.

The 7th International Women in High Performance Computing (WHPC) workshop at SC17 in Denver brings  together the HPC community to discuss the growing importance of increasing diversity in the workplace. This workshop will recognise and discuss the challenges of improving the proportion of women in the HPC community, and is relevant for employers and employees throughout the supercomputing workforce who are interested in addressing diversity. 

Sessions include:

- Improving Diversity in the Workplace: What methods have been put in place and tested to improve workplace diversity and inclusion?

- Career Development and Mentoring: Skills to thrive; sharing your experiences and advice on how to succeed in the workplace.

- Virtual Poster Showcase: Highlighting work from women across industry and academia. 

Call for posters: Now Open!

Deadline for submissions: August 13th 2017 AOE

As part of the workshop, Women in HPC invite submissions from women in industry and academia to present their work as a virtual poster. This will promote the engagement of women in HPC research and applications, provide opportunities for peer to peer networking, and the opportunity to interact with female role models and employers. Submissions are invited on all topics relating to HPC from…

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The Software Sustainability Institute is organising Carpentry Instructor Training workshop at the University of Manchester from 4th to 5th September 2017, just before WSSSPE5.1 and RSE 2017—making it a nice week in Manchester.

The Instructor Training is an intensive two-day workshop for trainers who wish to become Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry instructors. It is strongly recommended that attendees have some previous exposure to Data and/or Software Carpentry workshops, either as students, helpers, observers or co-instructors.

The event is sold out at the moment, but you can still join the waiting list.

 

The UK Open Research Data Task Force has just released a report looking at the Research Data Infrastructure Landscape in the UK and beyond. The report provides a thorough overview of the infrastructure that supports open research data in the UK and abroad.

It details the policies that have been implemented by research funders and universities themselves; the technological platforms and tools developed at local, national and international levels; and the cultural challenges that are still present across different disciplinary research groups. The report has been reviewed and discussed by members of the Open Research Data Taskforce who represent HEFCE, RCUK, Wellcome Trust, UUK, Jisc, BEIS, academics from a number of disciplines and champions of open research data, including Software Sustainability Institute Co-Investigator, Professor David De Roure.

The report highlights a number of issues covering technical, cultural and behavioural, and operational and policy concerns. With respect to software, the report notes that:

"Few data policies make more than passing reference to software and code, though they can constitute a significant barrier to data sharing and open data. For they are integral to the generation of research data; and access to them is essential if users are to be able to re-use data effectively or validate research findings. There is potential to use software management plans to encourage researchers to consider how the code they develop is organised and published, improving its reuse and the…

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Steve Harris' article "Data Science for Docs" was recently published as the guest editorial in Bulletin, July 2017, the magazine for members of the National College of Anaesthetics, which reaches every anaesthetist in the UK (largest hospital speciality). 

You can find the article on pages 12 and 13 of Bulletin, Issue 104.

Dr Daniel S. Katz will talk at a Helmholtz Open Science Webinar in August about "Using citation to provide credit for software contributions". Most research today in many fields is dependent on software, but academic culture does not reward development, support, and maintenance of that software. A potential method to provide such credit is to insert software into the current publication/citation system. This talk will discuss an effort that is underway to do this, the FORCE11 Software Citation Implementation working group.

The webinar will take place on Wednesday, 9 August 2017, 3 to 3.30 pm CEST with a rerun on 
Monday, 14 August 2017, 3 to 3.30 pm CEST.

Registration: There isn't any registration required. Please go to the instructions page for details on how to access the webinars.

After the talk, there will be time to chat with the speaker for questions. Please have a look at the webinar details for further information.

The Workshop on Sustainable Software for Science: Practice and Experiences (WSSSPE5.1) will take place on Wednesday 6th September 2017, at the School of Computer Science, University of Manchester. Register at WSSSPE5.1.

The call for submissions is also currently open until the 10th July. For further information and how to apply, please visit the WSSSPE5.1 Call for Submissions.

About WSSSPE

WSSSPE is an international community-driven organization that promotes sustainable research software by addressing challenges related to the full lifecycle of research software through shared learning and community action. WSSSPE5.1 is the seventh workshop convened since 2015 in an international series that provides opportunities for the community to come together to share experiences and advance practices.

WSSSPE5.1 aims to capture the state of the art in sustainable research software, discuss ongoing efforts to improve it, and identify potential topics to act upon. The workshop will report updates on and evaluations of present efforts from the community, including Working Groups established at past workshops, and suggest and discuss future measures. In order to provide short-term documentation, WSSSPE5.1 will produce a series of speed blogs in addition to the workshop report.

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We are pleased to announce that the Software Sustainability Institute's Collaborations Workshop 2018 (CW18) will take place from Monday 26th March to Wednesday 28th March 2018 at the School of Mathematics, Cardiff University, Cardiff - so hold the dates! The themes of CW18 will be Culture Change, Productivity and Sustainability in research software.

To find out more and to register your interest please visit the CW18 page.

Computer programming is not commonly taught to geographers, but the advent of NeoGeography, big data, and open GIS means that programming skills are becoming more important. To help support geographers to begin the process of learning to program, the Software Sustainability Institute and the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) have provided support to run an introductory programming pre-conference workshop between 10am and 5pm on Tuesday 29 August at the Society in South Kensington ahead of the society's annual conference.

The workshop will be free to attend, and refreshments and lunch will be provided. As space is limited, interested participants will need to apply for a place at the workshop by completing a short survey about their programming interests and background.

For further information about the workshop and how to apply, please visit the workshop page.

Applications close on Friday 21 July.

Successful applicants will be notified by Tuesday 1 August.