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The Journal of Open Research Software is looking for Associate Editors

The Journal of Open Research Software is seeking candidates to serve as additional Associate Editors, due to the increase in the volume of submissions to the journal.


The Journal of Open Research Software is an international, open-access, peer-reviewed journal that publishes Software Metapapers describing research software with high reuse potential as well as research papers on Issues in Research Software that cover different aspects of creating, maintaining and evaluating open source research software.

Report on the Third Workshop on Sustainable Software for Science: Practice and Experiences

This report records and discusses the Third Workshop on Sustainable Software for Science: Practice and Experiences (WSSSPE3). The report includes a description of the keynote presentation of the workshop, which served as an overview of sustainable scientific software. It also summarises a set of lightning talks in which speakers highlighted to-the-point lessons and challenges pertaining to sustaining scientific software.

The final and main contribution of the report is a summary of the discussions, future steps, and future organization for a set of self-organized working groups on topics including developing pathways to funding scientific software; constructing useful common metrics for crediting software stakeholders; identifying principles for sustainable software engineering design; reaching out to research software organizations around the world; and building communities for software sustainability. For each group, we include a point of contact and a landing page that can be used by those who want to join that group's future activities. The main challenge left by the workshop is to see if the groups will execute these activities that they have scheduled, and how the WSSSPE community can encourage this to happen.

Read the report on arXiv.

Computer Officer - University of Cambridge

The job will involve supporting users with IT issues; specifying, purchasing and installing new equipment in a heterogeneous environment (Linux/Max/Windows); managing the institute website, Linux servers and network equipment; assisting users with their code development, revision control, testing and curation.

We are looking for someone who is user focussed and motivated to help others with their IT problems. The appointee will be friendly, personable, organised and self-motivated with the ability to work without close supervision. They will have the openness and aptitude to learn new languages, IT environments and processes.

The Institute represented at the eResearch New Zeland Conference 2016

eResearch New Zealand conference is a national forum for presenting new ideas, projects and best practices for digital research. The event is held annually in Queenstown, New Zealand and is attended by representatives of research organisations and industry from New Zealand as well as Australia. 

Best Practices in Software Benchmarking - 20 April 2016 - London

For computer scientists and software engineers, benchmarking (evaluating the running time of a piece of software, or the performance of a piece of hardware) is a common method for evaluating new techniques. However, there is little agreement on how benchmarking should  be carried out, how to control for confounding variables, how to analyse latency data, or how to aid the repeatability of experiments. This free workshop, co-organised by SSI Fellows Sarah Mount, will be a venue for computer scientists and research software engineers to discuss their current best practices and future directions.

FAIRDOM Webniar series - All about data and model management in the life-sciences - starts Monday 1 Feb 2016

Are you a student, researcher, project investigator, lab manager, institution, publisher, data provider or anyone else interested in data and model management in interdisciplinary life-sciences?

Position available: Systems biology informatics manager for the Digital Salmon (NMBU, Ås, Norway)

The Department of Animal and Aquacultural Sciences seeks a;bioinformatician or systems biologist;with skills or interest in;ontological annotation, semantic interoperability or knowledge management, for the;systems biology of salmon farming.

We're hiring a Communications Officer - help us disseminate software best practice!

The Software Sustainability Institute is recruiting a Communications Officer to communicate the activities of the Institute, and raise its profile in the research community and the general public. We're looking for an enthusiastic individual with a track record in dissemination and outreach.

Take a look at our prototypes visualisations of Institute data

EPCC's Andy Turner developed some JavaScript to visualise the usage of applications running on ARCHER, the UK national super-computing service. The visualisation of data in this way reminded me of how the Institute had visualised research data for a poster. I decided to spend a bit of time making Andy's scripts more general, so they could also be used to present Institute data including how much effort we've spent on consultancy, and who with, and how many researchers we've trained via Software Carpentry workshops.

At present, these scripts are prototypes and render sample data from static CSV files. We'd hope, in time, to have these CSV files dynamically updated weekly or monthly from the Google spreadsheets where we record our data. 

Please contact us if you have any suggestions on what data on our activities you think we should visualise and how best we could visualise it. Alternatively add your suggestions as issues on its GitHub repository.

(Please note that we're trying out these visualisations based on a static data set, so they're not up to date).

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, and are particularly keen to attract applications from BBSRC and ESRC funding areas. The deadline for submissions is April 29th 2016.

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.