As part of the ongoing public consultation on the midterm evaluation of Horizon 2020, the Free Software Foundation Europe published and submitted to the European Commission its Position paper for the endorsement of Free Software and Open Standards in Horizon 2020, the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme.

Because software is a vital part of today's scientific research, the FSFE believes that Open Access policies promoted in the framework of Horizon 2020 should also explicitly cover the publication of software under Free Software licences. This way, the EU will truly support Open Science.

If you would like to contribute your views, please read more about how to participate in the public consultation and how to share the FSFE's position paper, here:

The consultation, run by the European Commission is open for everyone until 15th January 2017.

Jisc, in collaboration with Software Sustainability Institute, University of Cambridge, University of Sheffield, University of Bath, University of Leicester, University of Birmingham, the British Library and STFC are organising a number of workshops in January specifically for researchers that would like to know how to better manage their research software, or have real issues and would like some expert help.

The workshops are happening in the following locations:

  • University of Birmingham, 9 January — speakers include Mike Croucher (Research Software Engineer)
  • London, the British Library, 12 January — speakers include Neil Chue Hong (SSI)
  • University of Cambridge, 16 January — speakers include Neil Chue Hong (SSI), Stephen Eglen, Kirstie Whitaker and Laurent Gatto (University of Cambridge)
  • University of Leicester, 19 January — facilitators include Jonathan Tedds, Grant Denkinson, Jon Wakelin (University of Leicester)
  • Engine Shed, Bristol Temple Meads, 20 January
  • University of Sheffield, 25 January — speakers include Mike Croucher (Research Software Engineer), Prof Eleni Vasilaki (University of Sheffield), facilitators include Jez Cope (University of Sheffield)

Register for one of the workshops at our event page.

Photo of inflatable Santa by Bart FieldsEveryone at the Software Sustainability Institute would like to wish our friends and colleagues all the best for the holiday season.

After a busy year, including the first Conference of Research Software Engineers, the announcement of a wonderful new set of Fellows, and even more eventsSoftware and Data Carpentry workshops, and Open Call projects, we need a little break to get ready for everything we've planned in 2017. So please excuse us while we switch off our email from the 23rd December to the 2nd January, and enjoy the festive season (responsibly)!

Alexander Konovalov, Software Sustainability Institute fellow, helped organise and deliver the Second CoDiMa training school in Discrete Computational Mathematics, from 17th to 21st October 2016 in Edinburgh. Hosted at the International Centre for Mathematical Sciences, 26 learners representing 11 institutions from around the UK attended the event. The majority of attendees were PhD students in mathematics and computer science. The training was delivered by Christopher Jefferson, Alexander Konovalov , Steve Linton, Markus Pfeiffer and Wilf Wilson.

Read the full article at the CODIMA.

Software box pictureOur friends over at qLegal are running a free evening event tomorrow (Tuesday 13th December 2016) on Software Patents.

If you are interested and located nearby (it's in London) you should check it out. The qLegal team are experts and a friendly bunch.

Please register for the qLegal Software patents event here.

Fellows 2017 candidate pictures113 applications, 580+ reviews and three review meetings later, we are happy to announce our 18 new Software Sustainability Institute Fellows for 2017. With so many excellent candidates and over 6 applications per place, our new research software ambassadors represent some of the best people working in - and advocating for - better research software.

We have Fellows representing fields including Medical Sciences, Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Mathematics, Computer Science and, a first for Fellows, Engineering.

Our 2017 Fellows are spread across 15 organisations including, for the first time, four based in Scotland. In addition, we have four Fellows who fit the RSE profile, highlighting the continued representation of those with this role amongst the Fellowship programme.

This cohort of Fellows is drawn from a wide range of career stages: three PhD students, 13 early and mid-career researchers and developers, and a couple of senior Fellows, including the third Professor who has been accepted as a Fellow since the programme began in 2012. Three of our 2017 Fellows are female, taking the total number of female Fellows to 34, and this year’s Fellows draw support from BBSRC, EPSRC, MRC, NERC and STFC.

With such a diverse set of Fellows bubbling with ideas to take the message that better software leads to better research to their own diverse communities,…

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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.