Aleksandra Pawlik joins Data Carpentry Directors Board

We are pleased to announce that Aleksandra Pawlik, who leads the Institutes' training activities has joined the Data Carpentry Directors Board. 

Fellowship Programme 2015 Webinar - Record and Slides now available

The Fellowship Programme run by the Software Sustainability Institute funds researchers in exchange for their expertise and advice.

Fellowship Programme 2015 Webinar - Record and Slides now available

The Fellowship Programme run by the Software Sustainability Institute funds researchers in exchange for their expertise and advice.

Last chance to sign up for the RSE AGM and Hackday!

We've had an excellent response to the Research Software Engineers AGM and Hackday. Registration closes at midnight tonight, so if you want to come along, register now!

The AGM and hackday takes place on 15-16 September.

Following this year's Research Software Engineers' AGM, we will be running a hackday on mental health with the help of our main sponsor Maudsley Digital. If you want to work with some excellent developers on something that could understand, diagnose or simply help with mental health issues, then register for our hackday.

Research Software Engineers (RSEs) are the people behind research software. They work in academia and use their expertise combined with an understanding of research to create the software that researchers rely on. Although fundamental to research, RSEs lack recognition and reward, so we've been campaigning to help academia to understand the importance of RSEs to research.

To register, visit the registration website.

Call for papers - can there really be scholarship in digital humanities software?

Computation and software analysis have entered nearly every field of scholarship in recent years. From digital publication and mapping of relevant geo-referenced data to 3D modelling, in each case there is some sign in the computer code of the scholarly thought that underlies the project, of the intellectual argument around which the outcome is based.

The fact that scholarly software includes scholarly content is broadly accepted. What remains controversial is how identify what scholarly contribution has been made by a piece of software. Its makers tend to express the scholarship in writing separate from the software itself while its users treat the software as opaque to scrutiny and therefore deny that there is any scholarship inherent to the source code. Given that our mechanisms for identifying and evaluating the scholarship within computer code are nearly non-existent, we must ask how can scholarship come to be expressed in digital humanities software? How does this scholarship, so evident in theory but so elusive in practice, fit into the scientific process of advancement of knowledge?

Carole Goble on Better Software, Better Research

Carole Goble, one of the Institute's Co-Investigators, was asked to provide the editorial article for this month's edition of IEEE Internet Computing. 

"We know that modern scientific research isn’t possible without software, from short, thrown-together temporary scripts and the abundance of complex spreadsheets, through to the huge software enterprises behind international efforts such as the Large Hadron Collidor and the Square Kilometer Array. And it’s not just research based on simulations and computational methods. Data-driven science (the so-called “fourth paradigm”1) wouldn’t be possible without software to access and manipulate that data, and our ability to generate insights depends on software platforms."

You can read the article online or read a version on our website.

12th Research Data Management dates and venue announced

A major event on the latest developments in data management will take place at the University of Leicester in November.

The 12th Research Data Management Forum is to be held on November 18th-19th and its major theme will be Linking Data and Repositories.

Attendees can expect a wide range of plenary sessions, breakout groups and networking opportunities, as well as a drinks reception and full board at the University of Leicester's new College Court conferencing centre.

Further details will be provided soon.

Software Sustainability Institute's Fellowship Programme 2015 - Applications now open

Application to the Software Sustainability Institute's 2015 Fellowship programme is now open.

Webinar announcement: Introducing the 2015 Fellowship Programme, 12 September 2.30pm BST(TBD)

Mitchelton Bay 2013 by Tim Moreillon

Join us for an introduction to the Fellows 2015 programme.