"One important aspect of choosing a programming language is that of code longevity. This leads to a very important point: that of data, and how well a language supports the data formats you need to use."

If you'd like to know more, read the post at the AskSteve! site.

The NGS is undergoing major changes over the next few months. All users should ensure they are aware of these changes and the effect they may have on their usage of the NGS. At the end of March 2011 approximately 700 free-to-use CPU cores and most SRB and Oracle database resources from core funded NGS sites will be retired from service. This is due to the age and efficiency of the hardware and to allow the NGS to transition to a sustainable platform to better support e-research.…

Today at AskSteve, Steve will be getting all dewy eyed as he talks about where to meet that special developer you've always been looking for.

If you're interested in this special topic for Valentine's day, read the post.






Harnessing advances in digital technology and practice to achieve world-class social research with maximum impact.

The National Strategic Directorate for e-Social Science would like to announce the official launch of the new Digital Social Research community website. This site is a resource for the whole Social Science research community which promotes the use and adoption of technological innovation…

Never one to be put off by questions that are almost impossible to answer, over at his blog - AskSteve! - Steve's been working on 'what's the best programming language?'. This is going to be controversial...

If you want to read the post, go to the AskSteve! blog.

Software is not static. New functionality is needed, hardware evolves, staff come and go and sources of funding change. This makes the world of software a volatile place — something that can be seen in the number of software packages that fail to gain a market. This year, a group of experts came together to form the Software Sustainability Institute (SSI).

Read the article.

In our latest guide, we take a look at how to choose a good name and the common pitfalls. We also look at searching for already used names (including trademark searches). Finally, we discuss our understanding of registered trademarks and passing off - two laws that can affect name choice.

Read the Choosing project and product names guide.

There are many more guides, on subjects from software developement to community building, on our website.

The ETF network is extending an invitation to all past, current and proposed e-Science or related projects to bid for funds to enable the capture of technical detail which may otherwise be lost at the end of a project.

The NGS user survey will close on Monday 24 January. Feedback from this survey is really important to the NGS. They are carrying out the survey to help better understand the experiences of NGS users and improve their services. All information supplied will not affect your NGS usage or account, so please be honest!

Take part in the survey now!

Please note that the survey is for registered academic users of the NGS only. If you would like to talk to someone…