CW18The Software Sustainability Institute is delighted to invite researchers, developers, innovators, managers, funders, publishers, leaders, and educators to explore best practices and the future of research software. Collaboration Workshop 2018 (CW18 #CollabW18) will take place from Monday 26th to Wednesday 28th March 2018 at The School of Mathematics, Cardiff University.

The themes of the workshop will be Culture Change, Productivity and Sustainability

Register now at our Eventbrite page.

To find out more, keep an eye out for updates at the Collaborations Workshop 2018 page.

The Carpentries have announced that the first CarpentryCon will take place from 30 May-1 June 2018 at the University College Dublin, Ireland.

CarpentryCon aspires to become a major learning, skill-building and networking event for the global Carpentries community. CarpentryCon 2018 will focus on three main themes:

  • community building,
  • sharing knowledge and
  • networking.

More details about CarpentryCon 2018 can be found from the official Carpentries announcement.

Software Sustainability Institute Fellow Edward Smith is organising an informal workshop on the 10th November, funded by the Software Sustainability Institute and hosted by Imperial College London (Sir Alexander Fleming Building SAFB 119), to bring together UK research software engineers for a discussion on Testing and Continuous Integration on High Performance Computing Platforms. This will include software engineers from UK institutions, including Imperial, Cambridge, UCL and SESC. The aim of this meeting will be to identify problems and existing solutions, discuss current and best practice and coordinate efforts in the development of the national framework.

Please have a look at a tentative plan for the day.

The workshop is free, includes coffee and lunch with some money available for travel. Places are limited to thirty applicants, with preference given to attendees willing to give a relevant talk.

To sign up, please fill in this form.


As part of our on-going effort to collect information about RSEs in different countries, the SSI and de-RSE have created a specific version of the UK RSE survey for Germany (more information can be found here). 

Participants are needed for this survey on research software and people writing scientific software for Germany. If you are coding in and for academia in Germany then complete the survey and help us spread the word. You can also access a german version of the survey.

As of now there is not much knowledge about the community of those in research and science who develop software. This survey aims to gain valuable insights into this community in order to support research funders and other institutions to develop strategies and funding programs as well as policies.

Last and this years’ UK surveys [1, 2] allowed to gain valuable insights. To continue our success with this campaign, we need to track how the community evolves at other places. Simultaneously, similar surveys will be conducted in Canada, Australia, Norway, the Netherlands, the USA and South Africa. For reasons of comparability, this survey was closely coordinated with the others.

This survey gives German researchers and scientists the opportunity for their point of view and experiences to be heard and thus be part of the development of this community. It would be also very helpful if you could spread the word to others who develop…

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The ICT4S conferences bring together leading researchers in ICT for Sustainability with government and industry representatives, including decision-makers with an interest in using ICT for sustainability, researchers focusing on ICT effects on sustainability and developers of sustainable ICT systems or applications.

The theme of the 2018 conference, to be held on May 14-18, 2018 in Toronto, is “Thriving Communities”. The transformational power of ICT is essential to put our society on the path to sustainability. This potential could embrace all levels, from individuals to communities, from public sector to all industry sectors, from business goals to social aspirations and environmental objectives. ICT can bring people together to build thriving, resilient communities.

Papers relating to ICT for sustainability in a broad sense and papers developing this year’s theme (and beyond) are welcome, along with workshop proposals of traditional or unconventional formats for half-day or full-day workshops and submissions of high-quality extended abstracts for posters presenting late-breaking research or work in progress. Instructions for all types of submissions can also be found at the conference website.

Important Dates

Workshop proposals
Proposal submission deadline: Oct 15 2017
Proposal acceptance notification: Oct 22 2017

Paper & Journals First submissions
Abstracts deadline: Nov 7 2017
Full papers deadline: Nov 15 2017
Paper acceptance notification: Feb 1 2018
Camera-ready deadline: Mar 1 2018


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Open Science, that is, the trio of open access, open data, and open methods, is not a new concept in the scientific world. Despite the fact that Budapest Open Access Initiative is more than 15 years old and the level of openness among researchers rises continually, there is still a long way before open science becomes so ubiquitous we simply call it “science”.

A significant step for humanities, a discipline not commonly associated with rigorous scientific methods, is the creation of the Open Science Interest Group (OSIG) within the largest archaeological community of the Society for American Archaeology. In the recently published manifesto, Ben Marwick, the group creator, argues that an adoption of practices preached by the open science movement can significantly benefit individual scholars as well as the discipline as a whole. At first, the Interest Group will focus on "incentivizing open practices by issuing Center for Open Science (COS) badges for Open Data and Open Materials for display on qualifying posters and slide presentations at the SAA Annual Meeting and other professional venue" and "conduct workshops using Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry pedagogy and materials".

Archaeologists interested in supporting the Society for American Archaeology Open Science Interest Group are welcome to subscribe to…

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We are pleased to announce the awardees from the final round of the EPSRC USA-UK Research Software Engineer Travel fund applications. 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.

We have now closed applications for this funding.


Alys Brett

Alys Brett, on behalf of the UK RSE association’s RSE Leaders group, has been awarded money to enable USA RSE group leaders to travel to take part in the two-day International RSE leaders meeting in London at the Alan Turing Institute in early 2018. Alys Brett is Head of Software Development Group at the UK Atomic Energy Authority and will be organising the meeting and site visits to UK RSE groups along with other applicants from the RSE Leaders group including Robert Haines (Manchester), James Hetherington (UCL), Simon Hettrick (Southampton), Mark Turner (Newcastle), Chris Woods (Bristol) and Claire Wyatt (RSE Community Coordinator).

Filippo Spiga

The University of Cambridge group led by Filippo Spiga, in collaboration with Jeffrey Salmond and Krishna Kumar, has been awarded money from the EPSRC RSE Travel fund to facilitate the visit of Christian Trott and H. Carter Edwards, main developers and contributors of Kokkos C++. Both software sustainability and performance portability are…

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***This is now sorted as a couple of assistant instructors have been found***

The Software Sustainability Institute, on behalf of Reproducible Research Oxford, is looking for a second instructor for a Software Carpentry workshop in Oxford on 12th & 13th October 2017.

Please get in touch with if you'd like to help.

About the workshop

Software Carpentry's mission is to help scientists and engineers get more research done in less time and with less pain by teaching them basic lab skills for scientific computing. This workshop is run by the Department of Biochemistry (Michal Gdula) and the Reproducible Research Oxford project. It will cover introduction to the UNIX shell, GitHub as well as programming and data visualization in R. 


Understanding how to choose a piece of software is difficult. What code should I bet my research on? Will the project producing the software grow or shrink? Is the code base stable or changing? Does the project depend on one organisation or many? Is the community healthy or hopelessly ill?

At the Software Sustainability Institute, we want to ensure that research software is sustainable. One of the ways we can do this is by measuring the general health of the community around the software and developing methodologies and tools for analysing modern software development. With this in place, we can improve the health of projects and make it easier to answer the questions above.

We are therefore delighted that the Software Sustainability Institute is a founding partner in the Community Health Analytics Open Source Software project (CHAOSS). CHAOSS is a new Linux Foundation project focused on creating the analytics and metrics to help define community health that was officially launched this week.

The aims of the project are to:

  • Establish standard implementation-agnostic metrics for measuring software community activity, contributions, and health, which are objective and repeatable.
  • Produce integrated open source software for analyzing software community development.

Other members contributing to the project include Bitergia, Eclipse Foundation, Jono Bacon Consulting, Laval University (Canada),…

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Today, we’ll be hosting a Launch Webinar online where Raniere Silva, our Community Officer, will talk about the Programme, and Nikoleta Glynatsi, Gary Leeming, David Perez-Suarez, Iza A. Romanowska and Melody Sandells will share their experiences as Institute Fellows. This will be a great opportunity to ask questions or get further information.

The webinar will start at 2.00pm BST and to take part you just need to connect to our YouTube event.

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 research) and aid them as ambassadors of good software practice in their domains. 

For further information, please visit the Fellowship Programme page and the FAQ, which include details about eligibility.