Leading organisations and practitioners in Digital Preservation came together on 30th November at the Wellcome Collection in London, for an evening of celebration at the exciting Digital Preservation Awards 2016.

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Hosted by the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) and introduced by the Chair of Judges, Adrian Brown of the Parliamentary Archives, the evening celebrated the achievements of those people and organisations who have made significant and innovative contributions to maintaining a digital legacy.

In a year which saw the greatest number and quality of nominations received to date, those selected as finalists faced tough competition from entries across Asia, Europe, North America, Australasia and the Middle East making this the most international competition so far.

Amsterdam Museum and partners saw off the Digital Repository of Ireland and Suffolk Record Office to claim the coveted DPC Award for Safeguarding the Digital Legacy with their high-profile project ‘The Digital City Revives.’ While those entering the inaugural DPC Award for the Most Outstanding Digital Preservation Initiative in Industry had tough competition against HSBC and their Global Digital Archive System, which went on to claim the prize.

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The Software Sustainability Institute, ELIXIR UK and the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Oxford are jointly organising a Bioinformatics Software Carpentry workshop in NGS data analysis. 

The workshop will be held at the Medical Sciences Teaching Center (MSTC) over 3 days, 5th-7th December 2016. The first two days will cover the standard Software Carpentry curriculum (introduction to the UNIX shell, GitHub as well as programming and data visualisation in R). The third day will involve hands-on next generation sequencing (NGS) data analysis in R. The aim is to make the course accessible to beginners, however some prior bioinformatics knowledge/skills will be an advantage. 

Please visit the workshop page for further information. The workshop is completely booked. However, if you are interested in attending, please get in touch with Aleksandra Nenadic in the case there are some cancellations and late availability.

Congratulations to Toni Collis, Research Software Engineer and Policy Consultant at the Software Sustainability Institute, who won the HPCWire Readers' Choice Award for Outstanding Leadership in HPC for her outstanding work to improve inclusion in the scientific software and High Performance Computing community. The award was presented at the 2016 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC16), in Salt Lake City, Utah.

As well as working with the Institute, Toni is the Director and co-Founder of the Women in HPC network, which also picked up both the Readers Choice and Editors' Choice in the Workforce Diversity Leadership Award. Toni Collis is the Inclusivity Chair for Supercomputing 2017 to be held in Denver, Colorado.

The annual HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards are determined through a nomination and voting process with the global HPCwire community, as well as selections from the HPCwire editors. This is the second year that WHPC has received the Reader’s Choice Workforce Diversity Leadership Award.

Applications are invited for the above posts to work as a Research Fellow/Research Associate/Research Software Engineer/Senior Research Software Engineer on the SpiNNaker project. The SpiNNaker architecture is optimised to support the simulation of simple (point-like) neurons and their connections (or synapses). This architecture now has a world-wide user base, drawn to a reliable and flexible platform for real-time neural network simulation; this community is comprised of both traditional computational neuroscientists and also scientists and engineers from application areas such as robotics.

The position is funded by the EU Flagship “Human Brain Project” which aims to provide researchers worldwide with ICT tools and mathematical models to assist with understanding the function of the human brain and for emulating its computational capabilities. Although the HBP project itself is expected to run to 31 March 2023, the current funding to support the posts advertised is until 31 March 2018.

For further information, see the full job description.

There are still some places left at the Data Carpentry for Social Scientists and Humanities workshop organised by the SSI Fellow 2016 Heather Ford at the University of Leeds on 21-22 November 2016. 

This two-day event is aimed at researchers in the social sciences, humanities and other disciplines who want to learn how to use popular tools for data cleaning, management and visualisation in a hands-on, interactive workshop. 

James Baker accepts British Library Labs awardLibrary Carpentry (lead by the James Baker, Software Sustainability Institute Fellow 2015) wins the British Library Labs 2016 award for Teaching and Learning on 7th November 2016.

James is using the award fund to run even more Library Carpentry workshops (see the Library Carpentry workshop call).

What is Library Carpentry?

Library Carpentry is made by librarians, for librarians to help you:

  • automate repetitive, boring, error-prone tasks
  • create, maintain and analyse sustainable and reusable data
  • work effectively with IT and systems colleagues
  • better understand the use of software in research
  • and much more…

Library Carpentry introduces you to the fundamentals of computing and provides you with a platform for further self-directed learning. Find out more about Library Carpentry activities.

British Library Labs Awards 2016

The annual BL Labs Awards, introduced in 2015, recognises outstanding and innovative work that has been carried out using the British Library’s digital collections and data. This year, they commend work…

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In collaboration with Software Sustainability Institute, ARCHER are running a Data Carpentry two-day workshop on November 2nd & 3rd, 2016. ARCHER, the UK's national supercomputing service, offers training in software development and high-performance computing to scientists and researchers across the UK.

Who: The course is aimed at graduate students and other researchers.

Where: James Clerk Maxwell Building, Peter Guthrie Tait Road, Edinburgh, EH9 3FD. Requirements: Participants must bring a laptop with a Mac, Linux, or Windows operating sytem (not a tablet, Chromebook, etc.) that they have administrative privileges on.

The workshop will cover Data organization in spreadsheets and OpenRefine, Introduction to R, Data analysis and visualization in R and SQL for data management. Participants should bring their laptops and plan to participate actively. By the end of the workshop learners should be able to more effectively manage and analyze data and be able to apply the tools and approaches directly to their ongoing research.


Attendees should have a few specific software packages installed (listed below). They are also required to abide by Data Carpentry's Code of Conduct.Further information and registration

To register, please visit the ARCHER training page.

For further information and requirements, please visit the…

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Fixed term contract for 3 years

The University of Leicester is embarking on a period of unprecedented change with an ambitious and renewed strategic vision.  In order to build on our strengths we are developing a strategy that will enable us to achieve our expectations and ambitions.  We are passionate about developing and growing a sustainable world class research base and alongside that ensuring that we have an exciting market focused teaching offer.

This is an exciting opportunity to help to establish a new service within the University. You will work closely with researchers engaged in computationally intensive research to support them in developing and optimising their software to maximise the University’s research output. 

You will be responsible for providing support for research projects requiring advanced software engineering. This will include developing an understanding of the nature of the calculation and context in which the software is being used in order to identify algorithmic changes which could improve code performance, scalability or efficiency, developing and updating software to enhance the research capability across the University and including in fields not traditionally associated with significant computational workloads.

As the ideal applicant, you will be educated to degree level (or equivalent) in a computational subject and a track record of research software development for HPC and the use of such software to produce research outputs. You will also have significant experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Programming languages/APIs: C, C++, Fortran,      OpenMP, MPI, OpenACC, OpenCL, CUDA
  • Interpreted …
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Senior Research Computing Specialist

Full-time, fixed term post for 24 months, closing date 26 September 2016

"We are now looking for 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. Reporting to the Head of ARC Technical Services the person will work as part of a dynamic and growing team in developing the ARC services."

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Head of Research Computing and Support Services

Full-time, closing date 3 October 2016

"The University of Oxford is looking to appoint a Head of Research Computing and Support Services. This is a newly created position that will provide vision, leadership and management for a team of highly experienced research IT professionals who deliver advanced research computing and research support services. While leading a team that manages the collection, analysis, management, publication and visualisation of research data, you will also be responsible for provisioning high performance computing (HPC) services that includes assistance and advice on scientific computing,from application to programming support."

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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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