Software Credit Workshop - Date and Venue announced - 19.10.15 @NHM_London

The workshop will take place on Monday 19 October and will take place at the Natural History Museum in London.

Institute signs up to Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) Guidelines

High Performance Computing (HPC) Manager / Senior Computing Officer

The University of Lincoln has received funding under the HEFCE Catalyst Scheme to establish a new School of Mathematics and Physics, as part of the College of Science.

We are now seeking suitably qualified applicants for the post of High Performance Computing (HPC) Manager / Senior Computing Officer to support research and teaching in the rapidly expanding School.

The role holder will manage School’s HPC cluster and other computational resources and software (including undergraduate computer classes and research workstations), provide highly specialist HPC support to academic staff and support to teaching staff in computer classes.

For more information, visit the University of Lincoln website.

That Picture! - CW15 software word cloud and dataset now available for your use

The Institute's Collaborations Workshop 2015 (​CW15) was characterised in many ways, one of the ways was the word cloud that was used as our backdrop for the sessions.<

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.