Research software

By Raniere Silva, Community Officer, Software Sustainability Institute. Sustainer is "the individual or organisation who is concerned with the fragile state and future of highly-used and impactful open source projects." A diverse and fantastic group of sustainers met in London at the end of October for a day discussion related to the sustainability of open source projects.
By Mike Jackson, Research Software Engineer. When developing research software, we need to know what we are going to write, who it is for (even if this is just us), how we will get it to them, how it will help them, and how we will evaluate whether it has helped them. A Software Management Plan (SMP) can help us think about these and decide upon the processes we will use when developing our software. To help write SMPs, we have now published version 1.0 of our Checklist for a Software Management Plan.

By Scott Henwood, Director of Research Software at CANARIE.

This is a story about reproducibility. It’s about the first study I conducted at the Institute, the difficulties I’ve faced in reproducing analysis that was originally conducted in Excel, and it’s testament to the power of a tweet that’s haunted me for three years.

By Caroline Jay, University of Manchester, Robert Haines, University of Manchester.

We have funding available at EPCC for PhD places to study different aspects of research software, related to the work of the Software Sustainability Institute.

By Jon Hill, University of York, and Software Sustainability Institute Fellow.

Researchfish® allows researchers to record the impact of their research outside of the standard metric of how many papers I have written. These outcomes, as they are called, cover publications, but also collaborations, events, awards and other metrics including - and of most interest to me - software.
Over the last couple of years, we’ve had occasion to ask people about the software they use in their research. We’re about to start a long-running survey to collect this information properly, but I thought it might be fun to take a rough look at the data we’ve collected from a few different surveys.

By Mike Jackson, Software Architect.

Software management plans set down goals and processes that ensure software is accessible and reusable throughout a project and beyond. To complement our guide on Writing and using a software management plan we have now developed a prototype software management plan service, powered by the Digital Curation Centre's data management plan service, DMPonline.

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