This month's NGS Newsletter features an article called 'The Fear of Being Open', which looks at the trepidation we experienced when opening the results of the Collaborations Workshop to public scrutiny.

Want to know more? Read the article.

Software reuse is good practice, but can cause dependency problems when you take your software from its well-known and tested environment (such as the one within your research group) and use it in a new environment.

So what's the best way of preventing dependecy problems... find out in the AskSteve blog.

We have to thank Jason Lander for his description of the Institute:

"The Software Sustainability Institute knows its way around the grid. Their developers know how to deal with complicated software. It takes more than a Here Be Dragons warning to stop them..."

Jason's been looking at the Workload Management Systems (WMS) used by the NGS. Before he began his study, Jason said "In a corner of my mental map of the Grid world is the WMS... Next to it…

Earlier in the year, Neasan O'Neill from GridPP attended the Collaborations Workshop, you can now hear what he thought on the GridPP website.

One of the reasons we ran the Collaborations Workshop was to ask researchers what they would change to make their lives easier. The workshop came up with a lot of recommendations. We've been through the reporting back slides, looked through the videos and trawled our memories for everything that came up during the coffee breaks. We're calling the resulting list of 31 changes the Collaborations Workshop outcomes.

Now we've got the list of outcomes, we can start to…

We get to air our thoughts on our blog, but what about our partners and visitors? It's good fun blogging, so it seems unfair to keep it all to ourselves. That's why we've added a commenting feature.

If you like what we're saying (let's hope so!) - or even if you disagree - you can now have your say by visiting our blog.

In the Spring edition of the EGI Newsletter, Simon Hettrick discusses the Software Sustainability Institute's new strategy for gathering user requirements.

How’s this for an idea: better research comes from investing money into what researchers need. It’s the kind of brutally simple plan that would work – if only it was as easy to implement as it is to describe. Frequently, the difficulty lies not in giving researchers the help they need, but in finding out…

Ask a hundred different people what a computer programmer does and what, if any, the difference is between a programmer and a software developer, and you’ll also get a hundred different replies.

Ask Mike Jackson what the difference is, and he'll write you a blog post.

Interested? Read the post.

Steve's dealt with data. That's old news. Now it's time to deal with the format of data.

This week, AskSteve's taking a look at the OGSA Data Movement Interface, which can take data stored in one or more source locations and transfer it to one or more sink locations.

Interested? Read the blog post.

There were some interesting points about sustainability raised in this morning's plenary at the EGI User Forum. Sound advice: grow your user base, reduce your costs and involve commercial partners.

Interested? Read the post.