The Institute's Software Credit Workshop

The workshop will explore what contribution software can and should make for academic reputational credit; i.e.

Need free help with your research software? Try the Institute's Open Call

The Institute's Open Call provides the opportunity for UK researchers to gain software development expertise and effort - for free.

The latest round of the Call has just opened, and we invite research projects from any discipline who would like help with the development of their software to make a submission. The deadline for submissions is September 30th 2015.

For more information on the Open Call and to submit an application, please visit the Open Call page. You can also find out more about our current and past projects.

WSSSPE3 - call for ideas around sustainable software for science

First Call for Participation: 3rd Workshop on Sustainable Software for Science Practice and Experiences (WSSSPE3)

September 28-29, 2015, Boulder, CO

(Co-located with 10th Gateway Community Environments (GCE15) Workshop)

Super Science Programming at PyCon UK 2015

By Sarah Mount (Institute Fellow 2015) and Nicholas Tollervoy, both PyCon UK organisers.

Today, researchers in the sciences, humanities and arts, all use code as an everyday part of their work. Often such code is written using the popular Python programming language. Thanks to generous funding from the Software Sustainability Institute, PyCon UK will have a track for scientists and other researchers who want to improve their coding skills, learn from colleagues, and discover new ways in which Python and its community can support their work.

The Science track will run from Saturday 19 - Monday 21 September 2015, in Coventry.

We welcome researchers from all disciplines and at all levels of coding expertise. and offer three days of learning, collaboration and fun! Our conference regularly attracts more than 300 Python programmers from around the UK, Europe and the world. It’s a perfect opportunity to meet other scientists using Python and collaborate with professional programmers. We’re a diverse bunch: our ranks include many different types of programmer, from secondary school teachers and web developers to embedded systems engineers and Python core developers. You won’t find a better place to stimulate your programming skills!

The Mozilla Fellowship for Science - applications now open

The Mozilla Fellowships for Science present a unique opportunity for researchers who want to influence the future of open science and data sharing within their communities.

Apply now to become an inaugural 2015 Mozilla Fellow for Science. The application call is now open. It will remain open until 14 August 2015 at 11:59PM EDT. More information on how to apply can be found below.

We're looking for researchers with a passion for open source and data sharing, already working to shift research practice to be more collaborative, iterative and open. Fellows will spend 10 months as community catalysts at their institutions, mentoring the next generation of open data practitioners and researchers and building lasting change in the global open science community.

Throughout their fellowship year, chosen fellows will receive training and support from Mozilla to hone their skills around open source and data sharing. They will also craft code, curriculum and other learning resources that help their local communities learn open data practices, and teach forward to their peers.

For more information, visit the Mozilla Science Lab website.


Adding a Lesson on Make

A Software Carpentry lesson on automation and Make - written the Institute's Mike Jackson and Steve Crouch - has now been added to the official Software Carpentry materials.

Greg Wilson from Software Carpentry said:

"We are very pleased to announce the addition of a lesson on automation and Make, which was created by the SSI's Mike Jackson and Steve Crouch. The repository contains everything you need to teach it, and pull requests are very welcome."

If you're interested in teaching (or indeed learning about) Make, please take a look at the lesson.

IT as a Utility Network+ Community Conference

As one of the challenge areas of the RCUK Digital Economy Programme, the IT as a Utility Network+ is celebrating another successful year with a two-day programme of talks, demonstrations and conversations covering some of the key aspects of the digital economy.

In addition to lightning talks and demonstrations from many of our funded projects and other related initiatives, we are very pleased to include the following speakers:

  • Jeremy Frey, University of Southampton: from living labs to digital utilities and services
  • Philip Godsiff, Surrey Business School: the role of crypto-currencies: money as a utility?
  • Tracy Keys, RCUK: a research council’s perspective
  • Anisah Osman Britton, The Bakery Accelerator Programme: women in innovation
  • David Rew, University Hospital Southampton: the clinical informatics revolution
  • Elena Simperl, University of Southampton: open data and social machines
  • Amanda Smith, Open Data Institute: Open Data: creating partnerships, changing business, connecting cultures
  • Andy Stanford-Clark, IBM: what next for the Internet of Things?
  • Paul Watson, Newcastle University: healthcare in the Cloud
  • Alana Wood, ustwo: holacracy, time and design agency culture

The conference takes place on the 6-7 July in Southampton at the Solent Conference Centre in the City Centre.

Full details of the programme and registration can be found on the website. Some bursaries are available - contact info [at] itutility [dot] ac [dot] uk for further information before you register.

Call for Participation: Computational Science & Engineering Software Sustainability and Productivity Challenges (CSESSP)

CSESSP is a US inter-agency workshop sponsored by the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) / Software Design and Productivity (SDP) Coordinating Group (CG).
October 15th-16th 2015, Washington DC, USA

Howard Covington announced as Chair of The Alan Turing Institute

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) today announced the appointment of Howard Covington as the Chair of The Alan Turing Institute.

The Alan Turing Institute will build on the UK's existing academic strengths and help position the country as a world leader in the analysis and application of big data and algorithm research. Its headquarters will be based at the British Library at the centre of London’s Knowledge Quarter.

Minister for Universities and Science, Jo Johnson said "Howard proves an ideal fit as Chair of The Alan Turing Institute. He brings to the table an extensive knowledge of business and finance that will be crucial to lead this exciting, multi-million pound project through its next stages to becoming a world-class centre for data science."

Pilot online instructor training

Next week the Institute will co-run Software and Data Carpentry Instructor training in an online format but lasting full two days, just like the face-to-face training we co-run in Norwich last year. A group of new instructors from Sheffield and Leeds will take part in the training.