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Collaborations Workshop 2019 (CW19) will take place from Monday 1st to Wednesday 3rd April 2019 at Loughborough University in the West Park Teaching Hub. The Software Sustainability Institute’s Collaborations Workshop series brings together researchers, developers, innovators, managers, funders, publishers, leaders and educators to explore best practices and the future of research software.
By Gergana Daskalova and Isla Myers-Smith, University of Edinburgh. Coding Club combines online and in-person resources to help teach quantitative skills to people at all career stages working inside and outside academia. Coding Club is focused on trying to overcome "code fear" and "statistics anxiety".
By Andy South, Software Sustainability Institute Fellow. Training people to use software is not straightforward. I imagine most of us can remember courses that have gone well and not so well. I’m going to make a couple of suggestions for things to consider when developing software training based upon our recent experience.
By Daniela Duca, Sage Ocean. As part of SAGE Ocean’s mission to advance the use of computational methods and new tools in social science research, we are collaborating with the Software Sustainability Institute to improve the Research Tools Directory for social and humanities researchers and software engineers interested in these disciplines.
By Raniere Silva, Community Officer, Software Sustainability Institute. The call for proposals of demo sessions for CW19 is now open. The Software Sustainability Institute's Collaborations Workshop 2019 (CW19) will take place from Monday 1st April to Wednesday 3rd April 2019 at the West Park Teaching Hub, Loughborough University, Loughborough.
By Danny Wong, NIAA-HSRC & UCL-DAHR. I’ve recently had the great fortune of publishing a paper which had significant interest from the general news media. It even managed to get picked up by the BBC, The Guardian and all the major newspapers in the UK! As per usual, I’ve shared the source code for the analysis publicly, this time electing to serve it up on GitHub as a repository. I have included the manuscript as an .Rmd file, and the wrangling data wrangling and modelling code as a chunk located at the start of the .Rmd file.
By Geraint Palmer, Cardiff University and Software Sustainability Institute fellow. The annual conference of the UK Operational Research Society is one of the primary ways that academics and practitioners in the field of operational research (OR) meet, collaborate, and discover each other's work and interests. Their 60th conference, OR60, was held at Lancaster University between the 11th and the 13th of September this year, and I was able to attend thanks to my Software Sustainability Institute fellowship.
By Becky Arnold, University of Sheffield. From the 3rd to the 7th of September the Wonders of Star Formation conference took place at the John McIntyre Conference Centre in Edinburgh.
The UCL Research Software Development Group are looking for a Research Software Engineer to join their team of 11 RSEs. Applications must be submitted by 14th October 2018. This position is permanent but subject to the availability of continued funding sourced from appropriate research collaborations, and is funded for two years in the first instance, with salary negotiable up to £46,359. On this occasion, candidates interested in a part-time position are also welcomed to apply.
By Stephan Druskat, Jurriaan H. Spaaks, Netherlands eScience Center, and Alexander Struck. In order to enable attribution and credit for Research Software Engineers, and other developers of and contributors to research software, software must be made citable, and must be cited. One of the obstacles for correct and comprehensive software citation is the lack, or suboptimal discoverability, of relevant metadata. While, for instance, papers provide their metadata quite obviously (i.e., title, authors, containing publication, publication date, etc.), software hardly ever does.
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