Collaborations Workshop 2015 (CW15) - HOLD THE DATE - 25-27 March 2015 in Oxford, UK

The Software Sustainability Institute's Collaborations Workshop 2015 (CW15) will take place in Oxford from the 25-27 March 2015.

The Research Bazaar Conference

A new one day software conference has been announced, to take place in Melbourne, Australia on February 16th-18th 2015.

The Research Bazaar Conference is intended to encourage the development of digital skills and networking amongst researchers and builds on similar doctoral training programmes in the UK and USA.

It will also take place in two halves. The first of these will focus on teaching research students and early career academics in programming, data analysis and other useful digital skills. Included will be workshops that cater for a wide range of subjects from across the sciences and the humanities.

Research Software Engineer wanted at University of Oxford

In this varied, interesting and challenging role the successful candidate will provide technical knowledge, software engineering and leadership ability for (i) a growing portfolio of data and knowledge management projects funded by UK, EU and NIH Big Data to Knowledge Initiative, and (i) activities for the ELIXIR UK node of the ELIXIR programme.

Based in the Life, Natural and Biomedical Sciences team, the successful candidate will work closely with other members of the team, leading and contributing towards the enhancement of relevant components of the ISA software suite and of the BioSharing registry, with a large and growing user base (Sansone et al, Nature Genetics)

 The position requires a software engineer with both technical and social ability, and also experience and skills to manage more than one project, plan and monitor projects deadlines, assist in writing reports and communicate with geographically distributed collaborators. The successful candidate will liaise with end users and collaborators (e.g. at the European Bioinformatics Institute, TGAC, Stanford University, Manchester University, Imperial College), members of community-driven initiatives (e.g. working groups in the Research Data Alliance) and developers of data publication platforms journals (e.g. at Nature Publishing Group and BioMedCentral).

For more information, view the job advert.

Research Software Dashboard Developer wanted at UCL

The University College London Research Software Development Initiative is seeking a full-stack web developer to work on its Research Software Dashboard project from January 2015 to July 2015. This is a new project, starting from scratch, to develop software to curate, promote, and manage the University’s wide portfolio of cutting-edge scientific and scholarly software.

For more information, view the job advert.

Intel sponsor the IPCLC workshop

Intel are sponsoring the IPCLC: the Software Sustainability Institute's Intellectual Property, Copyright, Licensing and Commercialisation Workshop.

If you want to talk to professionals about your IP issues, join us in Oxford on 11 December

We have attracted registrations from a wide range of organisations for our IPLCLC Workshop. If you want to talk to professionals about your IP issues, come and join us at the Oxford e-Research Centre on Thursday 11 December 2014.

Register for the IPCLC workshop.

Of the 18 major institutions who have registered, we will have attendees from the universities of Cambridge, Glasgow, Reading, Sheffield Hallam, Wolverhampton, ​and York, and researchers and IP professionals from Exeter, King’s College and UCL. Representatives from the University of Warsaw, and the University of Oxford’s own Bodleian Library will also be attending.

Alongside the Culham Centre for Fusion, we will have guests from STFC as well as Fujitsu UK and the NHS.

Other attendees will be announced closer to the event. In the meantime, if you would like to find out more, please go to our main IPLCLC page for more details and to register to attend. We look forward to seeing you!

The Chosen: Fellows 2015 announced.

The Software Sustainability Institute Fellows for 2015 have been announced. Their profiles are available for your delectation. 

Software Carpentry for Women in Science and Engineering to be held in Poland

After running several workshops for Women in Science and Engineering in North America, Software Carpentry is moving East. On December 6th-7th 2014, Software Carpentry WiSE (Women in Science and Engineering) will take place in in Kraków, Poland.

Like previous WiSE events, this workshop is open to women at all stages of their research careers, from graduate students, post-docs, and faculty to staff scientists. The instructors at the workshop will be Paulina Lach of Krakow's University of Science and Technology AGH and Aleksandra Pawlik, the Institute's training lead.

Free expertise and effort available to UK researchers seeking to improve their research software

We invite research projects from any discipline who would like help with the development of their software to make a submission. You may want to improve the sustainability or reproducibility of your software, and need an assessment to see what to do next, or perhaps you need guidance or development effort to help improve specific aspects or make better use of infrastructure. The deadline for submissions is 5 December 2014.

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

GigaScience publishes a virtual box of delights to aid the fight against heart disease

By Scott Edmunds, Executive Editor at GigaScience.

The most common cause of heart attacks is coronary heart disease. Diagnosis is key in both the treatment and prevention of such events. One useful tool in the fight against this killer is magnetic resonance imaging, which allows the direct examination of blood flow to the myocardium of the heart.

However, for this perfusion analysis technique to work, it needs to compensate for the respiratory motion of the patient, which can only be done through complex image processing methods. Thus, there is a need to improve these tools and algorithms. The key to achieve this lies the availability of large publicly available MRI datasets to allow tests, optimisation and development of new methods.