The Software Sustainability Institute has been invited to assess an international Google Code project led by the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire.

Ten years ago, the Scientific Technology Facilities Council (STFC) started work on providing a catalogue for data collected during scientific experiments carried out in its laboratories at Harwell and Daresbury. The software, known as I-Cat, for Information Catalogue, is now is in continuous use with the…

Knowing about the latest developments in your field can make the difference between successful research and failure. But it's not possible to attend all the necessary conferences and speak to everyone who has something important to say, so how can you keep ahead of the game?

We are making the intelligence generated by our Agents and ourselves freely available to everyone.

After we've attended a conference, we write a conference report that highlights the…

Congratulations to Kristy Revell, one of our Agents, who has just been awarded one of three POST fellowships! Applications to the scheme are closed for this year, but if you're an EPSRC postgraduate student and interested in a taste of Westminster, the scheme will run again next year.

Parliament passes laws, scrutinises Government and acts as a forum for debate on issues of concern. Science based issues permeate all these areas of work. Most MPs and Peers do not…

Are you dead keen to publish your own new, exciting research software tool but are a little unsure if you've ticked all the "proper" boxes?  Do you want to make use of an interesting-looking piece of infrastructure software but want a way of checking how easy it will be to install, maintain or extend?

Users to Benefit from Improved Data Movement Capabilities

The United Kingdom’s National Grid Service (NGS) has adopted Globus Online as the preferred data movement method for its users.

All computing resources available to the NGS community have been added as transfer endpoints in the Globus Online system, a hosted service for high-performance data movement, and the NGS has been enabled as an identity provider for the service. Using their NGS credentials, users can quickly and…

Joanna Wardlaw, the Director of the Brain Research Imaging Centre describes a recent collaboration with us "The Software Sustainability Institute provided all that experience and turned what had been an extremely painful process into a highly productive and rewarding one."

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With some predicting that the app market will be worth $25 billion by 2015, there has been a lot of interest in developing for Android and the iPhone. We recently reported on GridAcro, an Android app that defines many of the huge number of abbreviations used in Grid computing. We asked Stefan Freitag, the developer of GridAcro, to give us a quick overview on getting started with developing for Android.

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After fielding a rather difficult question about choosing the right software, Steve reflects on the questions that you should ask before adopting new software.

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One of developers was recently asked "What software should I use to run my project?".

How's that for a difficult question? In fact, it's pretty much impossible to give a definitive answer, because it depends on what you want, who you are, the project you run, the users you have and many, many other variables. Choosing the right software is a matter of following a process and asking the right questions, and that is the subject of our latest guide: Choosing the…

Colin Semple, one of our Agents, discusses this year's ISMB: the largest yearly conference of the bioinformatics community. The deluge of data continues in the bioinformatics community with the success of new techniques such as high-throughput sequencing. Colin takes a look at some of the HTS software that was showcased at the conference.

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