Research Software Engineers

A new initiative has been launched to help Research Software Engineers (RSEs) stay connected while many national RSE conferences have been cancelled due to COVID-19.
EPSRC will be inviting applications for outline proposals for Research Software Engineer Fellowships from 30 June.
A report looks at the career paths and prospects of people working in academic data science in the US.
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Sustainable research software can only become a reality if the academic system finally starts to acknowledge the people that develop and maintain it: RSEs, says a newly published paper describing the state of the art of research software sustainability in Germany and beyond.

By Yo Yehudi, Mateusz Kuzak, and Emmy Tsang. Research software engineers are evaluated like other researchers, largely based on the numbers of publications and citations. However, metrics based on the number of publications encourage re-creating ‘new’ things or re-implementations instead of reuse, and there are huge variations in existing practices to cite software, meaning software isn't always cited or citations aren’t always captured. 
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Attending the Research Software Engineers conference in B

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By Dr Marion Weinzierl, Research Software Engineer at Durham

A one-day meeting will be help at the University of Leeds on 30 January, from 10.30am – 4pm, to look at similarities, challenges and opportunities for research software engineering groups across the N8 Research Partnership.

The complexity and difficulty of installing scientific software can often hamper its uptake and use within research communities. Douglas Lowe, a Research Software Engineer in Research IT, has been working with Dr Eric Prestat from the School of Natural Sciences to solve this problem for Prismatic, a cross-platform research software toolkit.
By Diego Alonso Alvarez, Senior Research Software Engineer, Imperial College London
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