Workshops

 

ICMStalksBy Raniere Silva, Software Sustainability Institute, Hans Fangohr, University of Southampton.

From the 16th to the 20th January, the International Centre for Mathematical Sciences  hosted the Computational Mathematics with Jupyter Workshop organised jointly by the OpenDreamKit and CoDiMa projects where GAP, Singular, SageMath, Jupyter users and developers met for experience sharing talks and coding hackathons.

The workshop kickstarted with Mike Croucher asking the provocative question "is your research software correct?" Mike covered the reproducibility crises that, in his own words, can be partially solved with:

  • Automation (aka learn to program)

  • Writing code in a (very) high-level language

  • Getting some training

  • Using version control

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Jisc, in collaboration with Software Sustainability Institute, University of Cambridge, University of Sheffield, University of Bath, University of Leicester, University of Birmingham, the British Library and STFC are organising a number of workshops in January specifically for researchers that would like to know how to better manage their research software, or have real issues and would like some expert help.

The workshops are happening in the following locations:

  • University of Birmingham, 9 January — speakers include Mike Croucher (Research Software Engineer)
  • London, the British Library, 12 January — speakers include Neil Chue Hong (SSI)
  • University of Cambridge, 16 January — speakers include Neil Chue Hong (SSI), Stephen Eglen, Kirstie Whitaker and Laurent Gatto (University of Cambridge)
  • University of Leicester, 19 January — facilitators include Jonathan Tedds, Grant Denkinson, Jon Wakelin (University of Leicester)
  • Engine Shed, Bristol Temple Meads, 20 January
  • University of Sheffield, 25 January — speakers include Mike Croucher (Research Software Engineer), Prof Eleni Vasilaki (University of Sheffield), facilitators include Jez Cope (University of Sheffield)

Register for one of the workshops at our event page.

The Software Sustainability Institute, ELIXIR UK and the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Oxford are jointly organising a Bioinformatics Software Carpentry workshop in NGS data analysis. 

The workshop will be held at the Medical Sciences Teaching Center (MSTC) over 3 days, 5th-7th December 2016. The first two days will cover the standard Software Carpentry curriculum (introduction to the UNIX shell, GitHub as well as programming and data visualisation in R). The third day will involve hands-on next generation sequencing (NGS) data analysis in R. The aim is to make the course accessible to beginners, however some prior bioinformatics knowledge/skills will be an advantage. 

Please visit the workshop page for further information. The workshop is completely booked. However, if you are interested in attending, please get in touch with Aleksandra Nenadic in the case there are some cancellations and late availability.

MIW imageBy Shoaib Sufi, Community Lead, Software Sustainability Institute

The Measuring the Impact of Workshops (MIW) meeting took place on the 20th September in sunny Oxford at the dashing Oxford e-Research Centre. It was a day of eye-opening presentations, revealing case studies, short informative talks, nuanced discussions and friendly networking all enveloped in a promise of something more enduring. Read on to find out what on earth I am talking about!

MIW brought together people interested in evaluating the impact of their workshops in a better way, to collect data for funders, to improve future events and to show value to potential attendees. Our working definition of workshop was broad; it included those that involve exploring topics (e.g. discussion/consensus-forming oriented meetings), learning new skills (e.g. training workshops) and those with a focus on making things (e.g. hackathons).

After the obligatory welcome and introduction to the Software Sustainability Institute there was an excellent context-setting talk: ‘The Practice of Measuring’ by Beth Duckles, Research Assistant Professor at Portland State University. She covered the art of commensuration—how we turn concepts…

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From "Pursuit of Light" - Perpetual Ocean by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center under CC-BY.

The Research Data Visualisation Workshop will take place on July 28th, 2016 at the University of Manchester. If you create data visualisations and plan to visualise new data sets or would like to know about data visualisation toolings and uses then this is the workshop for you. We will bring together a small but focused group of people to show the state of the art in data visualisation practices and tools in different areas and provide help for you to create your own visualisations during the hands-on session.

Why

Data Visualisation plays an important role in the communication of research: for instance, computer scientists need to visualise the benchmarks of their software, biologists need to visualise the evolution of the population they are observing, linguistics need to visualise the common words that are used.Many visualisations are done using popular programming language such as Python, R, MATLAB and Javascript.

The Software Sustainability Institute is running this event to explore Data Visualisation and help the workshop attendees not only to create visualisations but also to influence them regarding better practices on reproducibility and the improvement of tooling in this area.

Audience

Researchers from all disciplines interested in…

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The Institute is involved in a wide range of events, organising, running and promoting them across the country and the world. This page provides links to current and past events we have a significant input in. 

Collaborations Workshops

The Software Sustainability Institute's annual Collaborations Workshop brings together researchers, software developers, managers, funders and more to explore important ideas in software and research and to plant the seeds of interdisciplinary collaborations.

Developing Software Licensing Guidance for the BBSRC Workshop

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The Research Data Visualisation Workshop will take place on July 28th, 2016 at the University of Manchester. If you create data visualisations and plan to visualise new data sets or would like to know about data visualisation toolings and uses then this is the workshop for you. We will bring together a small but focused group of people to show the state of the art in data visualisation practices and tools in different areas and provide help for you to create your own visualisations during the hands-on session.

For more information and to register please see the workshop page.

A big thank you for the guidance and support of our steering and organising committees:

Steering committee

  • Olivia Guest, Software Sustainability Institute Fellow
  • Vincent Knight, Software Sustainability Institute Fellow
  • Neil Chue Hong, Software Sustainability Institute Director
  • Shoaib Sufi, Software Sustainability Institute Community Team Lead
  • Chair: Raniere Silva, Software Sustainability Institute Community Officer

Organising committee 

  • Chair: Raniere Silva, Software Sustainability Institute Community Officer
  • Shoaib Sufi, Software Sustainability Institute Community Team Lead
  • Selina ​Aragon, Software Sustainability Institute Communications Officer
  • Clementine Hadfield, Software Sustainability Institute Events Manager
  • Graeme Smith, Software Sustainability Institute Events Coordinator

For this hands-on session, please install the following on your laptop:

Web browser

The last version available of Chrome, Firefox, or Safari (if you are using Mac OS X).

Text editor

When you're writing code, it's nice to have a text editor that is optimised for writing code, with features like automatic color-coding of key words. We suggest Atom but you're free to choose another one depending on the operating system that you use. Below, you can find some options of text editors classified by operating system:

Windows

  • Notepad++
  • Sublime Text

Mac OS X

  • Text Wrangler
  • Sublime Text

Linux

  • Gedit
  • Kate
  • Sublime Text

Note: MATLAB licenses will not be provided,

For this hands-on session, please the following on your laptop:

MATLAB

The MATLAB platform is optimised for solving engineering and scientific problems. 

Installation instructions can be found here. If you don't have a license for MATLAB, you can use GNU Octave instead (see below).

GNU Octave

Windows

Install GNU Octave by downloading and running this .exe file.

Mac OS X

Install GNU Octave by downloading and running this .dmg file.

Linux

You can use your package manager (e.g. for Debian/Ubuntu, run sudo apt-get install octave; for Fedora, run sudo yum install octave).

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