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.

Papers in Nature journals should make computer code accessible where possible

Nature have been assessing their approach to publishing code "A core element of many papers is the computer code used by authors in models, simulations and data analysis. In an ideal world, this code would always be transportable and easily used by others."

Read the full article on the Nature website.

If you want to publish code, we maintain a list of journals from various disciplines in which this is possible.

It’s crucial to raise awareness of the importance of good code

"With few exceptions, every significant advance in research over at least the past 30 years would have been impossible without computer software. Research software—used to produce results rather than for, say, word processing or web searches—has spread far beyond traditionally computational fields such as particle physics and bioinformatics to achieve near ubiquity in all disciplines."

Read the rest of the article at Research Fortnight.

IPCLC - IP, copyright, licensing and commercialisation workshop - 11 December in Oxford - free to attend!

The Software Sustainability Institute is running a one-day workshop on 11 December in Oxford 2014 on the subject of Intellectual Property (IP), copyright, licensing and commercialisation.

Software is fundamental to research - show your support!

If you agree that software is fundamental to research, we invite you to sign our petition.

Everyone who signs this petition will add weight to our lobbying of research stakeholders, and will help us prove the fundamental role of software in research.

For more information, read the petition - and don't forget to let your friends and colleagues know!

NESCent Reproducible Science Hackathon Deadline nears

The deadline for submissions to the Reproducible Science Hackathon, which takes place on December 8th-11th 2014 at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, North Carolina, is now only four days away.

The four day interdisciplinary workshop will teach attendees how to use both the tools and resources they will need to practice reproducible science. This means experiments and research can not only be repeated but built upon by both the original researcher and others.

Surprisingly, such skills are not often taught and so the Hackathon will provide an excellent opportunity for attendees to review their existing approach to research and also undergo further training. It will also dedicate half of its time to address and resolve challenges and obstacles that have so far hindered a wider take-up of sustainability in the field.

Last chance to register for version control, code analysis and collaborative tools workshop

The Software Engineering Support Centre (SESC) at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory will be running a workshop on 7th October on software tools and techniques.

Want to attend Supercomputing 2014?

The Supercomputing Conference 2014 (SC14) is the highest profile HPC event of the year. It is popular internationally among universities, national laboratories and industry.

The EPSRC network Driving UK HPC enabled science and innovation through US collaborations invite applications, especially from early career researchers, for travel awards to SC14 with the objective of fostering US/UK links. The award will cover flight, conference fees and accommodation up to a limit of £2,500.

Application deadline: Thursday 9 October 17.00 BST and announcements are expected to be made on 13 October to allow time for bookings.

For more details, visit UK-USA HPC collaboration.