Centres of Doctoral Training

SoftwareCarpentryNewcastle.jpgSoftware is of fundamental importance to most research, but many of the next generation of researchers will lack the skills they need to exploit it. A good understanding of software, and the confidence to develop it, allows researchers to get more work done in less time, and produce results that are both reliable and reproducible. The Software Sustainability Institute is an EPSRC-approved supplier of training for the Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT). 

Since 2012, over 1000 students have benefited from the training we deliver together with Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry - initiatives that have been developed for researchers from all disciplines. The Software Carpentry training covers a series of practical software engineering techniques and practices that provide the skills needed to harness the power of software and develop robust and maintainable code. The Data Carpentry training focuses on effective data management, analysis and sharing to support reproducible research.

Why Software and Data Carpentry?

The Software Carpentry initiative was founded in 1998, and is run by Software Carpentry Foundation. It has the backing of many leading figures in the scientific software community, and over 6000 students worldwide have benefited from the training. In 2012, we were made the UK…

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The Institute's training activities have received a lot of interest from various international projects and institutions focusing on supporting research. Recently the Institute's work was presented at the eResearch New Zealand Conference where a number of participants from various research organisations at the Southern Hemisphere were interested in training in computational skills essential for modern-world research.

The eResearch New Zealand conference took place in Queenstown, on 9-11th February 2016, allowing for stunning views as a background to presentations. Aleksandra Pawlik, the Institute's Training Leader gave a talk as a part of the Training track. The talk titled "Supporting Research Software Community Though Training", focused on the development of Software and Data Carpentry in the UK as well as the Institute's work towards supporting the Doctoral Training Centres in the UK.

Several talks at the conference discussed the efforts undertaken in New Zealand and Australia in terms of digital skills for researchers, data management plans and also software citations. The latter was discussed by Robert Peters from ORCID and Alan Hyndman from Figshare. In their presentation they referenced the Journal of Open Research Software (whose Editor-in-Chief is the Director of the Institute, Neil Chue Hong). At one of the final sessions of the…

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