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…

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.

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.

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.

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.

The call for submissions is now open: WSSSPE5.1 Call for Submissions. The deadline for all submissions is 10th July 2017.

Cloud computing has become a very popular paradigm in computing in general and increasingly in the more demanding field of scientific computing. The RCUK Cloud Working Group has over the last 2 years initiated a series of community events and discussions to help researchers access and exploit cloud computing for their work. One early realisation is the need for practical advice as to how build an application that can be deployed across multiple clouds.

As part of their current strategic review of the Janet network and the services it provides to the research and education communities in the UK, Jisc is holding a free one day conference, the Janet Network and services review, on Thursday 15 June 2017 at The Royal Society, London.

The Institute is helping organise and run a Software Carpentry taster on 18 May 2017 at Digital Humanities @ Manchester Digital Texts workshops.

In connection with the project “Supercomputing Wales”, Swansea University is looking for up to six High Performance Computing Research Software Engineers at various grades. Working closer with researchers in Engineering, Medicine and Science, these outstanding individuals equipped with both discipline-specific and technical skills will provide software support to researchers across the relevant disciplines. Main duties include code optimisation for current and emerging platform.


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