BBSRC Workshop - Developing Software Licensing GuidanceThe Software Sustainability Institute in conjunction with ELIXIR-UK and the BBSRC are organising a workshop entitled “Developing Software Licensing Guidance for BBSRC” in Manchester on 24 April 2017. The aim of this workshop is to develop community advice to BBSRC on:

  • The areas within the life sciences where software is being used, and
  • Appropriate written guidance for applicants and reviewers on how to make software reusable

Workshop attendees are drawn from a wide range of stakeholders representing life sciences researchers, research software engineers, funders, infrastructure providers, industry, legal experts, and related fields.

The workshop format will consist of scene-setting introductions, followed by two sets of discussions to agree and formulate specific guidance for BBSRC reviewers, applicants and users describing how to make software (re)usable that can be made available on the BBSRC website. Additionally, it is hoped that the workshop will provide a greater insight into the areas within the life sciences where software is being used and the current barriers to reuse.

For further information and registration, please visit the…

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Digital Humanities, Oxford Summer School

Do you work in the humanities or support people who do? Are you interested in how digital techniques can help enhance your research?

The annual Digital Humanities at Oxford (DHOxSS) summer school runs this year from 3rd-7th July 2017 at various central Oxford venues, including St. Anne’s College, the Oxford e-Research Centre and IT Services. It offers training to anyone with an interest in the Digital Humanities, including academics at all career stages, students, project managers, and people who work in IT, libraries and cultural heritage.

Early bird prices are available until 30th April. Registration will close at midnight on 18th June. Please note that group discounts are available for groups of 10+, along with discounts for students.

Workshop strands for 2017 are:

  • An introduction to Digital Humanities – Expert insights into our digital landscape
  • An introduction to the Guidelines of the Text Encoding Initiative – Markup for textual research
  • Data Science for the Humanities – Exploring Machine Learning
  • Digital Musicology – Applied computational and informatics methods for enhancing musicology
  • From Text to Tech – Corpus and computational linguistics for powerful text processing in the Humanities
  • Humanities Data: a Hands-on Approach – Making the most of messy data
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ICT research EPSRC surveyThe Employment Research Institute at Edinburgh Napier University has been commissioned by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to carry out a survey of staff and research postgraduates working or studying –presently or formerly–in disciplines that fall under EPSRC’s Information and Communications Technologies portfolio. 

Why do many women not continue a career in Computing/ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) research? What are the barriers faced by some minority groups, such as black and ethnic minorities, in pursuing a Computing/ICT research career? These are some of the questions included in this survey. EPSRC is investigating what the barriers are, how they manifest themselves and what can be done to support underrepresented groups in ICT. This starts with an an inclusive online survey across the whole ICT research community.

Take the survey before 28th February. 



The Geisel Library, UC San DiegoFORCE11 (Future of Research Communications and E-Scholarship)—a global community of researchers, students, librarians, publishers, funders and scholars interested in the future of scholarship—is pleased to announce the launch of its new annual Summer Institute in Scholarly Communications: the Force 11 Scholarly Communications Institute at the University of California, San Diego (FSCI@UCSD), July 30th-August 4th, 2017.

FSCI@UCSD is a week-long program that offers participants training, networking and skills development in new modes of research communication. The UC San Diego Library is hosting the event that will take place at the Institute of the Americas on the UC San Diego Campus.

“The research community lacks a forum for coordinated access to training, skills development, and expert knowledge on new modes of research communication,” says Cameron Neylon, President of Force 11, “even as funders are mandating change and the wider world has embraced new forms of communication.”

Based on proven models in other disciplines, FSCI@UCSD will bring world-leading experts in different aspects of scholarly communication to San Diego to design and deliver courses that will help participants to navigate this new world. Courses will be established for all levels, from absolute beginners to experts. They will also be aimed…

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UCLThe UCL Research Software Development Group are recruiting research software developers. The Group was founded in 2012, was the first of its kind, and is one of the leading university-based research programming groups in the UK. They work across college developing high-quality software in collaboration with scientists, engineers and scholars from all research domains.

If the following describes you, then you should consider applying for one the vacancies below:

  • You have created and maintained software to address advanced research problems in one or more fields
  • You can rapidly assimilate understanding of new scientific questions, and quickly connect research needs to software requirements
  • You are committed to software development best practices, and know how to adapt these to research contexts
  • You are expert in one or more languages and platforms used for scientific computing, and are keen to expand your knowledge.

    Three research software developer posts are available. For detailed information, check this …

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    The Software Sustainability Institute are very pleased to announce our Primary Sponsor of the Collaborations Workshop 2017 (CW17) as Microsoft. They are very kindly offering IoT kits and Cloud time to every attendee! 100 kits are available, first come, first served, so don’t delay – Register today! The CW17 takes place at the University of Leeds from the 27-29th March 2017.

    A word from our Sponsor:

    Microsoft is delighted to sponsor the Collaborations Workshop 2017, as part of our continuing support for the research community. To make sure everyone can get hands-on with Internet of Things development, we will be giving each participant a SparkFun Thing Azure IoT Starter kit, comprising an ESP8266 Thing Dev Board, sensors, LEDs, breadboard, and everything you need to start experimenting with IoT. Everyone will also be given access to Microsoft Azure, which provides easy-to-use cloud services for IoT.

    Anyone can apply for an Azure for Research award…

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    Container ship.27th – 28th June, Cambridge (provisional date)

    Containers, specially Docker, are the hottest topic at the moment for reproducible research. What impact does the use of containers have on research, how can researchers benefit from them and make their research more reproducible? The Software Sustainability Institute invites all members of the research software community to explore and discuss these and other questions at the Docker Containers for Reproducible Research Workshop from 27th to 28th June 2017 (date tbc) at Cambridge.

    The Software Sustainability Institute’s Docker Containers for Reproducible Research Workshop will bring together researchers, developers, innovators and educators to explore best practices when using containers and the future of research software with containers. C4RR aims to gain insight into the topics of containers technologies and how these impact and will impact on research. It is also an ideal opportunity to form collaborations.

    For further information and register interest, please visit the Docker Containers for Reproducible Research Workshop page.

    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)!