One of the biggest problems facing researchers is the best way to share their research to as broad an audience as possible. In fact, it’s this important part of research impact, or how academic research makes a contribution to wider society, that is used as one of the yardsticks to judge the success of a research project.
The Software Sustainability Institute has been addressing this problem through its blog, which regularly features articles by researchers from across the disciplines, all of whom have used software to enhance and develop their work. The question, however, was how to make all this fascinating material and the researchers’ output even more accessible.
With this in mind, the Institute has launched its own Android phone app. This displays the latest content from the site in an easy to read mobile and tablet-friendly format and lets users access the site's complete blog archive. It also allows offline functionality and opens the content in its own streamlined interface rather than through a browser.
This includes blogs about making Dinosaurs and ancient spiders walk again, Google Glass in the operating theatre, tracking the spread of epidemics through social media, artificial intelligence and simulating the brains of bees, and even treating blindness in the developing world with a smartphone.
The app is now available to download free at Google Play. If you'd like to find out more or have any questions, please contact us by email or ring +44 2380 595 729.