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.

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 December 5th 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.

Aleksandra Pawlik joins Data Carpentry Directors Board

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

Data Carpentry is an off-shoot of Software Carpentry, and is designed to teach basic concepts, skills and tools for working more effectively with data.

Teaching is done primarily in a form of intensive two-day workshops and cover topics such as effective use of spreadsheet programs, their limitations, the use of R or Python for more powerful data analysis tools, how best to use databases such as managing and querying data in SQL, workflows and the automation of repetitive tasks.

Fellowship Programme 2015 webinar - recording and slides now available

The Institute's Fellowship programme both funds and supports researchers in exchange for their expertise and advice.

Our 2015 Fellowship programme launch webinar took place on Friday September 12th 2014. If you missed this,  a recording of the event, plus slides, is now available.

To apply, please visit the main Fellowship page.

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?