The Software Sustainability Institute

Blog

By Mike Jackson, Software Architect. The Software Sustainability Institute has published a set of guides about depositing research software into digital repositories. These guides cover the main aspects of software deposit.

By Eike Mueller, University of Bath. If you are anything like me, you write code which contains bugs (in my case: lots of bugs). You probably also use code or tools written by others, which might contain even more bugs (e.g. in compilers, scripts, external numerical libraries etc.).
By Julio Vega, University of Manchester. As part of my PhD where we are researching if we can use smartphone data to monitor the progression of Parkinson’s Disease, we found out that we had to go “Back to Analogue” as a paper diary was the best tool for patients to self-report their symptoms.

News

We are pleased to announce that the Software Sustainability Institute's Collaborations Workshop 2019 (CW19) will take place in the West Park Teaching Hub, at Loughborough University, from Monday 1st April to Wednesday 3rd April 2019.
The Software Sustainability Institute website will be down for scheduled maintenance on Friday 10th August 2018 from 7:30am to 8:30am.

This year, the Institute’s Fellowship Programme 2019 will call for applications in November 2018.

Events

The Gateways Conference will take place from Tuesday through Thursday, 25th – 27th September 2018 at the University of Texas, Austin. Science gateways connect components of advanced cyber-infrastructure behind streamlined, user-friendly interfaces. Join gateway creators and enthusiasts to learn, share, connect, and shape the future of gateways.

HPC Carpentry will take place on 25th and 26th July 2018 at the University of Leeds. This course is aimed at researchers who have little or no experience of using high performance or high throughput computing but are interested to learn how it could help their research, how they could use it and how it provides additional performance. You need to have previous experience working with the Unix Shell. For a brief introduction to bash, you can refer to the Software Carpentry material available online. You don't need to have any previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop.
Registration for RSE 2018 in Birmingham in September is now open. The conference will kick off on Monday 3rd September with registration from 08:30 to 09:30 and the last session will wrap up at 17:30. A conference dinner sponsored by Microsoft will be held that evening in the Great Hall at 19:30 starting with a drinks reception at 19:00. The conference will continue on Tuesday 4th September with registration for anyone who hasn’t registered on Monday at 08:30, and sessions starting at 09:30 and will close at 17:30.  

"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