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

SSI web server availability at risk: Monday 25th August 09:00 - 11:00

The fire management system in the building which houses the SSI webservers is being replaced. As a result of this several of the electrical distribution boards in the building will be briefly turned off during the period between 09:00 and 11:00 on Monday 25th August, causing disruption to external networking. 

Read the Institute's blog wherever you are!

If you want to keep up to date with the latest developments in software and research, you can now download our blog app from the Google Play store.

The app allows you to access our blog via your phone or tablet. It's currently available only for Android devices, but we'll be looking to develop an iOS version soon.

Download the app from the Play store.

Vacancy: UCL is looking for a new research software developer

University College London now has a vacancy for a new member to join its Research Software Development Team.

Working as a research software developer (Ref: 1429197), the successful applicant will help code the scientific applications UCL needs to continue with its world class research, from simple data analysis scripts to supercomputer-based complex simulations.

Other duties will include making sure UCL's research software meets high standards of sustainability and helping researchers from across the disciplines with their software needs.

Fitbit announces sponsorship for RSE Hackday

The Research Software Engineers hackday (16 September 2014) will focus on the use of activity monitors to assess, understand and maybe even diagnose mental health issues. To do this, we need activity monitors to collect data and to use on on the day. We're very happy to announce that Fitbit have come to our aid and provided 10 Fitbit Flex for the hackday!

Rae Lovejoy, Digital Marketing Manager EMEA from Fitbit UK, said "We’d like to wish everyone the best of luck for the Hack Day. We’re thrilled that we were able to support the Research Software Engineer campaign. We can't wait to hear about how many steps the Fitbit Flex record during the research period!"

Now we need to set about collecting some data. One suggestion is that everyone on the RSE committee wear a Fitbit for the week up to the hackday. Not only will this provide data for the hackday, it will also allow attendees at the hackday to find out which committee member is the laziest!