Our autumnResearch Software Camp: Beyond the Spreadsheet took place from 1st to 12th November 2021. We focussed on the uses of spreadsheets in research and the next steps into further use of software in research.
Our events and resources collated different perspectives, experiences, and best practice of the use of spreadsheets, as well as signposted to existing resources.
We ran a parallel social media campaign on the use of spreadsheets in research, which can be accessed using #RSCamps on Twitter.
Our panel discussion “Do we have the right tools for research?” took place online on Friday 5th November 2021. Our expert panelists discussed the use of spreadsheets in research, spreadsheets as powerful tools to handle data, and what’s available for researchers who wish to move beyond spreadsheets. We presented as many views as possible from using spreadsheets as a powerful tool in research data management to discussing options for moving beyond them.
We hosted free online live workshops and recorded presentations as part of the Research Software Camp: Beyond the Spreadsheet. All of the workshops and presentations were prepared and delivered by the speakers at the panel discussion "Do we have the right tools for research?" Our workshops included an introduction to OpenRefine, Filament, R, MatLab, and Google Sheets. Our presentations introduced Microsoft Lambda, Python and the perspective of a researcher who uses spreadsheets.
The Code Review Clinic ran from 8-12 November 2021 with one session in the morning and one in the afternoon from Monday to Friday. Our aim was to allow first time/beginner coders to get general but targeted feedback on their code from an expert.
From September to November 2021, volunteer research software engineers mentored volunteer researchers using spreadsheets to help them learn a language of their choice and explore various ways of working with and moving beyond spreadsheets.
We are dedicated to providing a welcoming and supportive environment for all people, regardless of background or identity. By taking part in the activities of the Research Software Camp, participants accept to abide by the Software Sustainability Institute's Code of Conduct, and accept the procedures by which any Code of Conduct incidents are resolved. Any form or behaviour to exclude, intimidate, or cause discomfort is a violation of the Code of Conduct.