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By Selina Aragon, Communications Officer, and Shoaib Sufi, Community Lead

By Shoaib Sufi, Community Lead, Software Sustainability Institute.

The Institute’s Collaborations Workshop 2016 (CW16) took place from 21-23 March 2016 at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. The opening slide set the scene displaying a weighted representation of which software the people attending used in their daily work. Shoaib Sufi’s welcome to attendees was followed by an introduction from the Institute Director, Neil Chue Hong. Neil spoke about the work of the Institute and how to get the most out of a Collaborations Workshop (CW). The clue was very much in the name,…

Without software, modern research would not be possible. A report produced by participants of the Knowledge Exchange workshop on Research Software Sustainability, and authored by the Institute's Deputy Director, Simon Hettrick, recommends practices of software sustainability to minimise the risks of reliability and reproducibility of research.

The adoption of software has led to significant advances in research. But if we do not change our research practices, the continued rise in software use will be accompanied by a rise in retractions. Ultimately, anyone who is concerned about…

This report records and discusses the Third Workshop on Sustainable Software for Science: Practice and Experiences (WSSSPE3). The report includes a description of the keynote presentation of the workshop, which served as an overview of sustainable scientific software. It also summarises a set of lightning talks in which speakers highlighted to-the-point lessons and challenges pertaining to sustaining scientific software.

The final and main contribution of the report is a summary of the discussions, future steps, and future organization for a set of self-organized working groups on…

9 - 10 December 2013, Edinburgh, UK

By Laura Moss, SSI 2012 Fellow and Clinical physicist, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde and the University of Aberdeen

Highlights:

Interesting keynote speech by Frank van Harmelen on the potential application of semantic technologies to clinical medical domain.

The future of research will rely on harnessing the power of computing, software and data - or e-Infrastructure. The effective use of e-Infrastructure is limited, because many researchers lack the required skills, and the fragmented nature of the e-Infrastructure training community makes it difficult to obtain them. With this in mind, the Workshop for e-Infrastructure trainers brought together trainers from 38 different organisations on 14 August 2013 at the Hartree Centre in Daresbury.

The issues that were investigated at the workshop and…

E-infrastructure: the ecosystem for innovation - one year on is a report, released last week by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, that outlines progress on implementing the UK’s e-infrastructure strategy.

 

 The strategy proposed a series of recommendations to help develop national e-infrastructure, and we are happy to see that…

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