By Robert Davey, The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC), Ross Mounce, University of Cambridge, Larisa Blazic, University of Westminster, Anelda van der Walt, Talarify, and Raniere Silva, Software Sustainability Institute.

A speed blog from the Collaborations Workshop 2016 (CW16).

The Open Science movement is facing a challenge - how do we convince our peers to liberate their science? During the Collaborations Workshop 2016, we developed these 9 steps to help anyone that is unsure what Open Science is, or who are looking to make their science more open.

A fast speed blog from the Fellows 2016 inaugural meeting produced while discussing 'Which commonly held ideas in research software are impeding progress and need to be retired?'

by Melodee Beals, (Loughborough University), Vincent Knight (Cardiff University), Neil Chue Hong (University of Edinburgh) and Jon Hill (University of York).

In this tweet the idea of sharing code as a sufficient and beneficial practice in reproducible research is exposed: 

“You can download our code from the URL supplied. Good luck downloading the only postdoc who can…

After an hour of discussion on a research software related topic at a workshop, a discussion group would stand up for 2-3 minutes and present back their findings (e.g. problems, solutions, future work or however they chose to speak about a topic). However without context the notes produced from such a session are not of much use to the wider community after the workshop. So, what's the solution?

By Oliver Laslett, SSI Fellow and PhD Candidate at the University of Southampton.

Nearly 12,000 keen people visited the exhibition floor of Supercomputing 2015, among the flashing LEDs and towering racks of computers, it was easy to feel that you are experiencing computation at its physical limits; a world of highly optimised hardware and software built for maximum performance. Yet it was obvious that Python, the most popular language for teaching introductory programming, has become an integrated component of the HPC stack.

By Mark Stillwell, Cisco Meraki, Caroline Jay, University of Manchester,  Robert Haines, University of Manchester, Louise Brown, University of Nottingham, Jeremy Cohen, Imperial College London, Alys Brett, Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, Shih-Chen Chao, University of Manchester, Raquel Alegre, UCL, James Davenport, University of Bath, and James Hetherington,UCL.

A speed blog from the Collaborations Workshop 2016 (CW16).

Huge progress has been made in recognising research software engineering as a profession since initial discussions about this role began at the…

By M.H. Beals, Loughborough University, J. H, Nielsen, UCL, B. A. Laken, UCL and M. Antonioletti, University of Edinburgh.

A speed blog from the Collaborations Workshop 2016 (CW16).

The importance and credit associated with publishing negative results.

As researchers, the majority our experiments and explorations do not always pan out. When this occurs, pressure prompts us to move on to the next idea, looking for that big result that will make our name and build our reputation. What are the knock-on effects of doing this? By not reporting our failures, are…

By David Perez-Suarez, University College London, Phil Bradbury, University of Manchester, Aleksandra Nenadic, University of Manchester, Laurent Gatto, Cambridge University, and Niall Beard, University of Manchester.

A speed blog from the Collaborations Workshop 2016 (CW16).

Remote collaboration: challenges in Human-Computer-Human interactions.

Tools that were mentioned during the discussion: GitHub, BitBucket, GitHub issue tracker, Skype, Google Hangouts (but max participants in Skype/Google Hangouts), Google Docs, spreadsheets, Jira, todo lists, time sheets,…

A fast speed blog from the Fellows 2016 inaugural meeting.

by Craig MacLachlan (Met Office), Terhi Nurmikko-Fuller (University of Oxford), David Pérez-Suárez (University College London), Heather Ford (University of Leeds)

How do researchers in an interdisciplinary environment, with different skills and experiences pick collaborative tools that best fit their needs? There are literally hundred's of choices[1], thus we set out a list of 5 considerations to help you.


By Simon Hettrick, Deputy Director and Policy Lead.

August saw the foundation of a new group to support Research Software Engineers, the release of a paper that had many in the community up in arms, and progress towards a better understanding of who’s being employed in UK academia. We’re also looking for community editors for our blog!

Whether it's the people who invented Fortran, the challenges of polar exploration, the need for more women in software or anything you've ever wanted to Ask the Institute, our blog covers everything that's new and innovative about research software.

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