If you use software in your research - or want to use it in the future - the Collaborations Workshop (CW11) is the perfect opportunity for you to meet people who you could work with.

The CW will be held on 3-4 March in Edinburgh. If you would like to know more, visit the conference webpage.

Events are like dentists. Everyone thinks they're a good idea, but people aren’t always that keen to attend. This year, I'm organising an event called the Collaborations Workshop (known, to its friends, as the CW). It’s certainly an easy event to organise, because the feedback from previous years has been very good. My problem is: how do I maintain this success and hopefully make it bigger and better than previous years?

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In 2010, a crack developer was asked to join the Software Sustainability Institute. This man promptly set up as the Institute’s software architect. Today, still wanted by a number of projects, Steve survives as a developer of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can email him, maybe you can Ask Steve!

JISC Dryad-UK Project Grade 7

Department of Zoology, University of Oxford

£28,839 - £33,600

The NGS is delighted to announce that the JISC have agreed to six-month funding extension. This will fund the NGS until 30 September 2011 and align it with the broader JISC services portfolio. The six-month extension will see the NGS laying the foundations of a new model of service.

Following the recent Nature article "Computational science: ... Error - why scientific programming does not compute" spawned by the Climategate affair, there's another interesting article titled "Changing software, hardware a nightmare for tracking scientific data" from the Nobel Intent blog on Ars Technica. Again, it is the pace of technological advance, so important for making new discoveries, which is also causing us to have to question if we can reproduce our past results.…

The GridPP website has just posted an overview of the Software Sustainability Institute.

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Cloud computing has gained a mainstream following. Sure, they might think that Saas, Paas and Laas are finalists in the Swedish version of the X-Factor, but that's not important. Unlike many new technologies, cloud computing has captured the public's imagination. Our latest post takes a look at what cloud computing got right.

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After 20 December 2010, it will not be possible to use NeSCForge to run your software project. If you are interested in migrating your software to another repository, the Software Sustainability Institute has prepared a number of guides to help. The guides are available on our guides web page.

NeSCForge was set up as a software repository for the UK e-Science community. This year, it was announced that NeSCForge would close due to a lack of funds. The shut down…

Four, two-and-a-half year research associate positions are being advertised by the Centre for Computational Science at UCL. Several of these positions are aligned with the new UCL Computational Life and Medical Sciences Network. The successful candidates will join a very active inter-disciplinary group, and will work in a range of fields from condensed matter physics and chemistry to life sciences and medicine.

For more information, visit the UCL website.