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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.

EPSRC has made £35,000 available to support collaboration, share knowledge and build stronger partnerships between UK and US Research Software Engineers (RSEs). The funding is available as travel grants administered by the Software Sustainability Institute of up to £5,000. Research Software Engineers based at UK research organisations and who are working in an EPSRC remit area can apply for this funding.

A four page PDF proposal should be submitted using this application form by the 1st July 2017. This is the initial deadline for the first round of proposals; thereafter, proposals will be assessed on an ongoing monthly basis until all funds have been disbursed. Proposals will be considered by an expert panel including representatives of the Software Sustainability Institute and the UK RSE Community.

This funding aims to encourage greater collaboration between the UK and USA-based Research Software Engineer communities around the following topics: 

  • investigating emerging hardware and the impact on software;

  • building collaboration around a particular science area;

  • developing common community codes;

  • building links between computational / computer science and maths. 

This initiative will focus on inward travel of USA-based RSE expertise where there is a demonstrable benefit to the UK, though outward engagement of UK RSEs visiting the US will also be allowed.  

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The Software Sustainability Institute are very pleased to announce Microsoft as the primary sponsor of the Docker Containers for Reproducible Research Workshop (C4RR). They have offered very kindly Azure Cloud time to every attendee! Azure Container Service supports Docker and can be used to improve reproducible research.

Kenji Takeda, Director, Azure for Research, Microsoft (UK) will present on 28th June. Kenji was one of the speakers at Collaborations Workshop 2017—you can watch the recording of his talk here—and we are very happy to have the opportunity to listen him talking about containers.

Register today! The C4RR will take place at the University of Cambridge from the 28th-29th June 2017.

The FORCE11 Scholarly Communications Institute (FSCI) at the University of California, San Diego is a week long (31st July to 4th August 2017) summer training course, incorporating intensive coursework, seminar participation, group activities, lectures and hands-on training. Participants will attend courses taught by world-wide leading experts in scholarly communications.

Participants will also have the opportunity  to discuss the latest trends and gain expertise in new technologies in research flow, new forms of publication, new standards and expectations, and new ways of measuring and demonstrating success that are transforming science and scholarship. FSCI is organised by FORCE11 (The Future of Research Communication and eScholarship) in collaboration with the University of California San Diego.

FSCI is intended for anybody who is interested in the developing new world of Scholarly Communication: researchers, librarians, publishers, university and research administration, funders, students, and post docs. There are courses for those who know very little about the current trends and technologies, as well as courses for those who are interested in more advanced topics. Our courses cover Scholarly Communication from a variety of disciplinary and regional and national perspectives. We have courses that will be of interest to the scientist, the social scientist, and the Humanities researcher. There are courses for those who manage, organise, and publish research as well as for the researchers themselves and end-users.

To register, please visit…

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