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.

Hacking for mental health

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.

We're not just looking for RSEs to attend the hackday. Anyone with an interest in mental health, the use of data in research, data visualisation or just in working with interesting people on a noble cause, should attend.

Drishti - software training

Dr Ajay Limaye (ANU, Australia) creator of the highly successful 3D visualisation software, Drishti, will be running two workshops at the Natural History Museum on 4-5 September after the ToScA symposium.

Created in 2006, Drishti is an open-source volume exploration and presentation tool, which can be used for visualising computed tomography data from a range of techniques (X-ray computed tomography, SEM, CLSM). The word Drishti is Sanskrit for insight, which is exactly what Drishti provides it users with; its intuitive interface allows researchers to produce renders that balance on the boundary of art and science, and can communicate complex scientific stories in ways that are accessible to all.

The first day is reserved for those new to the software and is a chance to see Drishti in action, with Dr Limaye performing a series of demonstrations that will highlight the basic functions (importing data, exploring the histogram and transfer functions). Attendees will then replicate these using simple test datasets (e.g. a tooth), finally applying this new found knowledge to their own datasets. The intermediate workshop on the second day, presents an opportunity for those familiar with Drishti to problem solve current issues and to explore the more advanced rendering techniques.

The workshops are open to students, researchers and people from industry although places are limited to seven on each day.

All details for the symposium and workshops can be found on the Natural History Museum website.

Reuse, develop and share biological visualisation with BioJS

BioJS is a community project aiming to create a collection of JavaScript components to present biological information following a common guideline. This workshop aims to introduce the BioJS project and provide enough skills to use BioJS components. For people interested in contributing to BioJS we will also provide a hello world tutorial to quickly have a taste on how to create a BioJS component.


This tutorial is for bioinformaticians and developers interested in presenting biological information on the web. Basic programming knowledge is required to attend this tutorial. Though the workshop can be easily followed without no knowledge in JavaScript it would be desirable to have some scripting experience in JavaScript.

Learning objectives

Learn how to use BioJS components and get a taste on how to create a BioJS component.

For more information, visit the workshop website.

Vacancy: University of Oxford wants a 'Chaste' programmer

The University of Oxford's Department of Computer Science has announced a new vacancy for a programmer to work on a major life sciences project.

The successful applicant will work on the Cancer, Heart and Soft Tissue Environment, or Chaste, a general purpose package aimed at solving complex problems in biology and physiology research.

Their duties will include finding the best way to help external users both install the software and provide feedback more easily.

Github announce sponsorship of RSE Hackday

Github have announced sponsorship for the Research Software Engineer (RSE) hackday. In addition to some excellent swag, Github will also be buying the pre-hack dinner and drinks!

We are keen that the software developed at the hackday is made openly available to anyone who wishes to take it further. For that reason, we had always intended to ask hackers to make their software available on Github. We'd like to thank Github for supporting our community and, of course, the hackday for mental health.

Introduction to basic software engineering using CCPForge

The Software Engineering Group at RAL are organising a workshop on Tuesday 7th October as part of the SESC programme. The workshop is aimed at scientific researchers whose role involves writing software and will introduce them to basic software engineering and collaboration practices such as:

I am a guinea pig for the RSE hackday

The Research Software Engineers (RSE)​ hackday on 16 September will focus on the use of activity data to understand mental health issues. To make that work, we need mental health data, so the RSE Committee have stepped up to the plate and will make their activity open to the world - a scary concept. Thanks to Fitbit UK, we're all going to wear Fitbit activity and sleep trackers and make our data openly available.

If you've ever met someone from the RSE Committee, and wondered how they sleep at night, then the RSE hackday is a good place to start! The hackday is associated with the first AGM for RSEs. For more details, see the RSE website.

Registration now open for IPCLC - Intellectual Property, Copyright, Licensing and Commercialisation Workshop

The IPCLC workshop will take place at the Oxford e-Research Centre on Thursday 11 December 2014