By Gillian Law, TechLiterate, talking with Michael Chappell, University of Oxford.
This article is part of our series: Breaking Software Barriers, in which Gillian Law investigates how our Research Software Group has helped projects improve their research software. If you would like help with your software, let us know.
Sometimes you just have to recognise that you can’t do everything, acknowledge that someone else has more experience and skills than you do, and accept their help.
That’s what Michael Chappell, Associate Professor in Engineering Science at the University of Oxford’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering did, when he turned to the Software Sustainability Institute for a steer in how to take his software forward.
Professor Chappell had developed an excellent piece of software that did exactly what he set out to make it do: the C++ tool, FABBER, processes functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to recognise blood flow patterns in the brain and measure brain activity. It works well for the research group that Chappell currently leads, QuBIc, and many other developers in the field are also keen to create their own analysis models to work with it, but that’s where things begin to become problematic for Chappell.
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