The Software Sustainability Institute

Blog

Why scientific software registries and repositories are important, why we wanted to create a list of best practices for such registries and repositories, the process we followed, what the best practices include, and what the next steps for this community are.

Communities of practice (CoP) are a specific type of community focused on enabling social learning i.e. through their interactions with one another (their “practice”), members advance their knowledge and develop new skills. Understandably, these are increasingly important across the STEM ecosystem, and this post describes six key considerations for convenors or community managers looking to successfully nurture their own CoP.

News

Nominations are open for the MRC Millennium Medal 2021 which will be presented to an exceptional researcher who has made a major contribution towards the Medical Research Council’s mission to improve health, quality of life and wealth creation. 
Do you use spreadsheets to conduct your research? Have you recently started coding or want to learn? Would you like some help from a dedicated trainer? We’d like to hear from you!

The Software Sustainability Institute is looking to recruit a researcher who is trained in and experienced in social research methods and who is interested in expanding their professional repertoire to help support computational training. 

Events

Do you use spreadsheets to conduct your research? Do you prefer a specific tool or approach when using spreadsheets? The Research Software Camp: Beyond the Spreadsheet will focus on the uses of spreadsheets in research and first steps into further use of software in research.

WoKaTs21 will take place in late October or early November 2021 (exact date to be decided). To register your interest, please fill in the expression of interest form.

"We are in a position to fundamentally reorganise the heart of the software. By doing so, this will enable us to maintain the software into the future and facilitate the process of adding new functionality to the software ... SSI can assist in having software usable by others not just for a few months or a year, but rather for a much longer software lifetime"

- Eric Rexstad, Distance